"It's gonna be very exciting," Bonds said. "Hopefully we hold up our end of the bargain."
Their next two contests are against old league rivals Chaminade on Oct. 22 and St. Paul on Oct. 29.
A pleasant side note for St. Francis those two weeks, though it will become a negative one the following year, is that it will play both of those squads, who have long standing reputations of having home fields that are tough to play at, at home. It was a scheduling scenario that did not play out during the past seasons with a four-team league.
"I'm real happy," said Bonds of avoiding playing at Chaminade and St. Paul.
After the St. Paul contest, however, St. Francis ends its season with two league road games. That's an aspect Bonds isn't too fond of, admitting he'd rather prefer to alternate home and road games than have lengthy spans doing one or the other.
"I'm not too happy with how the schedule fell," he said. "I kinda like to go back and forth, back and forth."
The first will be a game against Cathedral, which posted an 11-2 mark a year ago.
The league finale will be a short trip to face Harvard-Westlake, which returns to the Mission League in football after a 7-4 campaign a season ago, one in which it boasted an upset win over Alemany.
"Harvard-Westlake, to me, is a wild card in this new league," Bonds said. "Everyone's talking about Serra and Cathedral.
"[Harvard-Westlake has] done some good stuff. [If] people overlook them, they're gonna be in a world of hurt."
Last season, a thrilling overtime defeat against Palmdale ended the Golden Knights' season. Consequently, the 2010 slate will not feature a single team — Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Alemany and Palmdale — that St. Francis lost to last year.
•Sept. 10 vs. Arcadia, 7:30 p.m.
•Sept. 17 at Crescenta Valley, 7 p.m.
•Sept. 24 vs. Venice, 7:30 p.m.
•Oct. 1 at West Ranch, 7 p.m.
•Oct. 8 at Paso Robles, 7 p.m.
•Oct. 16 vs. Serra, 7:30 p.m.*
•Oct. 22 vs. Chaminade, 7:30 p.m.*
•Oct. 29 vs. St. Paul, 7:30 p.m.*
•Nov. 5 at Cathedral, 7 p.m.*
•Nov. 12 at Harvard-Westlake, 7 p.m.*
*Denotes Mission League contests.