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Another test slated for St. Francis football in Righetti

Football: St. Francis prepares for postseason with road trip to take on Righetti, while Spartans continue home stand.

September 05, 2012|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • St. Francis High quarterback Jared Lebowitz and the rest of the Golden Knights face a big test when they drive up to Santa Maria to take on Righetti Friday.
St. Francis High quarterback Jared Lebowitz and the rest… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

There couldn't have been a better start to the St. Francis High football season after the Golden Knights ran through visiting Arcadia last Friday, 49-10.

Now the Golden Knights will look to take their show on the road to Santa Maria to take on what figures to be stiffer competition in Righetti High, which is ranked seventh in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division and is a member of the Los Padres League.

"The Los Padres League up there is good," Bonds said. "I like the idea of taking a three-hour bus ride up there in the preseason to get an idea of what that's like in case we have to go up there again in the playoffs. Chances are you're going to have make one of these trips in the postseason."

Bonds said it's also just a good test to see how his new-look Golden Knights will fare on the road after they took advantage of an Arcadia team, which graduated most of its talent in 2011, at Friedman Field.

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"It's hard for us to really figure out where we are and I think this week will be a much better indication of what kind of team we have and give us an idea of what we need to fix and work on," Bonds said.

The Warriors picked up their first win of the season Friday with a 55-15 win over Cabrillo after falling to Villa Park, 28-21, in their season opener. They have given up 425 rushing yards so far this season — 254 to Villa Park and 171 to Cabrillo, which could be a good sign for St. Francis.

The Golden Knights, who are fourth in the Western Division polls, ran for 348 yards against Arcadia, as Daniel Kawamura had 108 and Joe Mudie added 101 in the win.

"We were pleasantly surprised with our running game and we definitely want to continue to do that if the opportunity presents itself," said Bonds, who will also look to senior quarterback Jared Lebowitz, who completed eight of 14 passes for 128 yards and a score against the Apaches. "We also want to be a balanced team and really just take what they give us."

A trio of backs — Collin Cooper, Eli Wilkinson and Taelor Griego — give the Warriors a strong running game as well, as Cooper had 85 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, Wilkinson ran for 82 yards on six attempts and Taelor Griego added 53 last week.

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