GLENDALE — The euphoria of crushing Harvard-Westlake in Friday night's regular-season finale to lock up qualification for the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs didn't have long to settle in before the St. Francis High football team got the sobering news of its first-round playoff draw when the CIF offices released divisional playoff pairings on Sunday.
The Golden Knights (6-4), who finished third in the Mission League, will open the postseason at 7 p.m. Friday in Compton against second-seeded Dominguez (9-1), the champion of the San Gabriel Valley League.
"Doing our own draw sheets and trying to figure things out on Friday and Saturday, we knew it was a good possibility that we would get Dominguez," St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds said. "We were hoping not to because they're 9-1 and the No. 2 seed, but we're happy to be in the playoffs and have a chance to move on.