St. Francis (9-1)
Palos Verdes (6-4)
Facts: This is the first round of the CIF SS Division 3 Championship. St. Francis finished second in the Angelus League and Palos Verdes tied for first in the Bay League.
Game location: San Pedro High School (1001 W 15th St, San Pedro, CA 90731)
Friday Knight lights: Kick off at San Pedro High School is at 7:00 pm.
In the polls: St. Francis is the number four playoff seed.
Four for the road: This is the fourth straight road game for the Golden Knights.
On the road: The Golden Knights will travel 39 miles to the San Pedro High School campus.
Did you know: Palos Verdes nickname is the Sea Kings and their colors are red, black and white.
Coach Bonds says: “We finished strong against St. Paul and are thrilled to be 9-1 on the season. We have had a great week of practice and know we are in for a big challenge Friday night against a good, physical Palos Verdes football team.”
Team quote of the week: “Running towards expectations and running towards pressure is important in my opinion. Instead of running away from them.” – Joe Maddon
Captains: Each week Coach Bonds selects an additional captain to represent the team. To date the additional captains have been: Gabe Mathews, Gavin Campbell, Jace Harrick, Michael Bonds, Matt Venegas, Matt Bazarevitsch, Dulles Hanula, Michael Bauw and Trafton Welsh.
Players of the week: The players of the week for the game against St. Paul are:
Offense: Jace Harrick
Defense: Daniel Scott
Special Teams: Dulles Hanula
Practice Player: Chris Thomas
3rd Down: Michael Bonds
Will To Win: Maxx Jakeway
Angelus League action: All of the other teams from from the Angelus League (Cathedral, Harvard Westlake, La Salle, Salesian and St. Paul) will compete in the CIF Playoffs.
Division 3 playoffs:
Paso Robles at #1 La Mirada
Serrano at La Serna
Los Alamitos at Villa Park
#4 St. Francis at Palos Verdes
Hart at #3 Cathedral
Oak Hills at Rancho Verde
San Juan Hills at Buena Park
Newbury Park at #2 Edision
Next up: The winner will play Los Alamitos/Villa Park winner.
Follow us: Connect with St. Francis Football @SFGoldenKnights.
By the numbers:
17: The number of seasons Jim Bonds has been the Golden Knights head football coach.
9: Eight consecutive trips to the playoffs for the Golden Knights.
33: Number of points per game for St. Francis this season.
7: Kickoff time for all home games at St. Francis.