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 2018 Season Preview:


Head coach Jim Bonds enters his 19th season leading the Golden Knights football program and is ready for a season of new challenges and plenty of changes. “Change is nothing new in the world of high school football and that is especially true for St. Francis this season” said Coach Bonds. Beyond the CIF’s annual division realignment, Five of the Golden Knights’ 10 opponents are different from the previous season. One holdover — Harvard-Westlake — is now a nonleague opponent. One new opponent — Crespi — is an Angelus League foe. The latter is part of a new four-team Angelus League as St. Francis will no longer have Harvard-Westlake, La Salle or St. Paul as league opponents.


The Golden Knights will have plenty of new faces on the field as well as they return only seven starters from a team that lost in the CIF finals last season. “Fortunately, we have some guys with big time game experience 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 lineman Louis Menacho, tight end/linebacker Will Stewart and lineman William Zhang. “The St. Francis football staff is proud of these three young men” said Coach Bonds. “Each of them have made significant contributions to Golden Knights football and St. Francis High School. We know that they will provide the experience and leadership needed for this team to have another great season.”

The 2018 schedule features five new non-league opponents for the Golden Knights: Damien, Westlake, Harvard Westlake, Mayfair and Paraclete. Along with the almost entirely revamped nonleague slate, another aspect of the schedule that stands out is that St. Francis now competes in the new four-team Angelus League along with Cathedral, Crespi and Salesian.

The season begins on the road August 24th versus Mira Costa and includes 7 non-league games before the Golden Knights host Salesian to begin league play on October 12th. Coach Bonds expects the competition to be fierce “We have a tough schedule and I expect every week will be a challenge." Bonds said.


Coach Bonds says the team had a great summer/fall camp and that they are ready for the new season. “We are always optimistic this time of year and we know this team will embrace the challenge beginning August 24th at Mira Costa.”


We expect 2018 to be another exciting season of St. Francis football. Please come out and support the Golden Knights!

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