Change is nothing new in the world of high school football and that is especially true for St. Francis this season. Beyond the CIF’s wholesale division realignment there are also four new non-league opponents to kick off the season for head coach Jim Bonds, who enters his 17th season leading the Golden Knights football program.
The Golden Knights return plenty of experience and will only replace 12 starters from a team that lost in the semi-finals last season. “Knowing we have some guys with game experience and some playmakers on both sides of the ball, I am looking forward to seeing how it all comes together” said Coach Bonds.
This year’s honorary Golden Knights are running back /linebacker Maxx Jakeway, wide receiver/linebacker Will Mudie, offensive lineman/defensive lineman Matt Nixon and wide receiver/defensive back Daniel Scott. “The St. Francis football staff is proud of these four young men” said Coach Bonds. “Each of them have made excellent contributions to Golden Knights football and St. Francis High School. We are confident that they will provide the leadership needed to have another great season.”
The 2016 schedule features four new non-league opponents for the Golden Knights: Pasadena, La Serna, Dorsey and Buena Park. Along with the almost entirely revamped non-league slate, another aspect of the schedule that stands out is that St. Francis will host four consecutive home games to end non-league play and begin Angelus League competition before a three-game road trip ends the regular season.
The season begins on the road versus West Covina followed by Pasadena at home (Thursday), at La Serna and home games against Dorsey, Buena Park to wrap its non-league schedule.
St. Francis will begin Angelus League play at home versus La Salle and Salesian and then finish with three road games against Harvard Westlake, Cathedral and St. Paul. Coach Bonds expects the competition to be fierce “Angelus League teams play great football and like every year, we expect each game will be tough." Bonds said.
Coach Bonds says the team is ready for the challenge. “Everyone is optimistic this time of year but we are happy about the work to date and know this team will embrace the challenge beginning at West Covina on September 2nd.
We expect 2016 to be another exciting season of St. Francis football. Please come out and support the Golden Knights!