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2017 Season Preview

Jim Bonds begins his 18th season leading the Golden Knights football program and yet he can’t wait to take the field. “I am anxious to get things started and see what kind of team we will be in 2017,” said Coach Bonds.

Bonds’ Golden Knights return 12 starters and plenty of game experience that excites him about the potential of this team. “I feel like we have, just across the board, more experience out there,” Bonds said. “Knowing that they have games under their belt and they’ve been there, there’s more confidence.”

This year’s honorary Golden Knights include offensive lineman/defensive lineman Matt Barriga, wide receiver/defensive back Greg Dulcich and running back/linebacker Elijah Washington. “The St. Francis football staff is proud of these three young men,” said Coach Bonds. “They have made exceptional contributions to Golden Knights football and St. Francis High School. We are confident that they will provide strong character and leadership.”

The 2017 schedule features two new non-league opponents beginning the season at home vs Mira Costa (Thursday) and on road week four vs Saugus. The non-league schedule also includes road trips to Pasadena and Buena Park along with a home contest vs La Serna. “It’s a tough non-league schedule featuring very good football teams,” said Coach Bonds whose team is coming off a season in which it went 9-2 with a first-round playoff loss to Palos Verdes.

St. Francis will begin Angelus League play at home versus St. Paul and then away games vs La Salle and Salesian. The Golden Knights finish with two games against Harvard Westlake (Thursday) and defending Angelus League Champion Cathedral. Coach Bonds expects the competition to be fierce “Angelus League teams play great football and just like every year, we expect each game will be tough," Bonds said.

After a highly productive off-season and strong summer session, 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 home on Thursday August 31st vs Mira Costa.

We expect 2017 to be another exciting season of St. Francis football. Please come out and support the Golden Knights!

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