With two games left in the regular season, St. Francis High Coach Jim Bonds said now is the perfect time to treat the rest of the regular season like the postseason. The Golden Knights are on the outside of the playoff bubble, the result of two Mission League losses against powerhouses Gardena Serra and Chaminade, the top-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Western Division poll.
St. Francis will conclude its arduous three-game road trip with a league game against St. Paul at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Golden Knights and Swordsmen are 6-2 and 1-2 in league and tied for third place. The top two teams from the league earn automatic playoffs spots, making Friday's game even more crucial for St. Francis and St. Paul.
"We are going to treat this just like a playoff game," said Bonds, whose team fell, 31-13, to Chaminade on Friday. "If we can win our last two games, then we are 8-2 and CIF will likely give us an at-large berth in the playoffs.