Through the dark days of four weeks of consecutive defeats, the St. Francis High football team emerged on Friday night under the lights of Friedman Field.
Bolstered by a stellar defensive effort throughout and an offensive surge that keyed a 30-point, third-quarter blitzkrieg, the Golden Knights kept their playoff hopes alive, seemingly righted their ship and trounced Mission League nemesis St. Paul, 40-10, all in one fell swoop.
"It makes you just not take winning for granted," said Golden Knights Coach Jim Bonds, whose team snapped a four-game losing streak to improve to 4-4 and 1-2 in league with the win over the Swordsmen (5-3, 1-2), the eighth-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Western Division. "I can't remember ever being on a four-game losing streak. It was good just to get back on the winning track. The feeling was night and day. That's what I told the guys after the game; remember how you felt the last four weeks, compared to how you feel now."