St. Francis was down by 14 at the half and behind 28-7 late in the third quarter before the Golden Knights offense finally got going, but once more it was too late.
"We kept shooting ourselves in the foot," said Bonds, whose team was victimized by costly penalties, dropped passes and just an overall lack of execution in the early going.
Paso Robles (3-2) overcame a 7-0 deficit early in the second quarter and ran off the game's next 28 points, largely due to the hands and feet of quarterback Jacob Searcy (18 of 25 passing for 277 yards and four touchdowns and 97 yards rushing in 10 carries) and receiver Elias Stokes (eight catches for 114 yards and two scores), who caught his 10th and 11th scoring passes of the year in the second quarter.
"They had a nice game plan," said Bonds of the Bearcats.
Part of that game plan came with a steady blitz on defense that hounded Golden Knights quarterback Brett Nelson for five sacks. Perhaps it was no coincidence that three-year starting tackle Patrick Carroll missed his second straight game.
"They did a lot of different things," said Bonds, whose team lost to West Ranch, 35-34, despite 20 fourth-quarter points. "I'm not gonna make excuses, but obviously we'd love to have Patrick out there."
Nelson still did his part in trying to lead a St. Francis comeback that saw the Golden Knights down, 28-7, late in the third quarter. The senior quarterback completed 18 of 26 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns, while adding a rushing score.