The road to CIF glory is rarely an easy one and for St. Francis High, its path will begin on the road against a league champion.
The Golden Knights will travel to face Paramount, the San Gabriel Valley League champion, on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs, as the Falcons will take on host La Mirada, the Suburban League champion, on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Southeast Division.
And Golden Knights Coach Jim Bonds, for one, doesn't believe it's an easy first-round matchup in the least.
"The more and more I look at them, it's not gonna be easy. They're playing good football right now," said Bonds of Paramount, which won four of its last five. "I think a lot of people just look at the records and think, 'Oh, St. Francis is 8-2, they're only 5-5, St. Francis wins this one,' but it's not gonna be easy."