COMPTON — As it showed throughout the season, the St. Francis High football team could play with the very best in the CIF Southern Section Western Division.
But in a game brimming with big plays, the Golden Knights came up one last big play short.
Though the tandem had terrorized host Dominguez all night long, one last pass from Brett Nelson to Travis Talianko was no to be. A fourth-and-18 attempt by Nelson from the Golden Knights' 48-yard line was low and bounced from the grasp of Talianko to secure a 28-25 win for the second-seeded Dons in the opening round of the Western Division playoffs on Friday night.
"I think that's probably true," said St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds of his team's ability to hang with the division's best, only to come up just short, summing up much of the season. "I think we're right there with all four of those teams.