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St. Francis High football gives coach Jim Bonds 100th victory

Football: Defense leads way as Golden Knights roll to 63-18 win.

October 11, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa,

SANTA FE SPRINGS — For a time, it seemed quite possible that the St. Francis High football team would honor its head coach, Jim Bonds, with a point for every victory in the veteran’s career.

With St. Francis having scored 50 points in the first half alone, such a feat seemed possible.

Fortunately for host St. Paul, the Golden Knights eased up in the second half.

Even so, the Golden Knights delivered Bonds his 100th career victory in an absolute romp, 63-18, Friday evening in the Mission League opener at Monsignor Cranham Stadium.

“It’s neat to win 100, but it’s more about these kids and this coaching staff,” said Bonds, who replaced Bill Redell before the 2000 season and has compiled a 100-56 record.


“This is about the players who have come out of this program over the last 14 years. This is about a great coaching staff, guys like Joe Monarrez and Mark Gibbons, who have been there with me. I have to thank those guys and others who helped me along the way.”

The contest was all but over in the first quarter, as CIF Southern Section Western Division fourth-ranked St. Francis (6-0, 1-0) forced five of six total turnovers and led, 29-6.

Golden Knights junior defensive lineman Andy Cesta, who scored two defensive touchdowns, and sophomore defensive back Avery Williams proved catalysts for a dominant and opportunistic St. Francis defense.

Cesta was credited with a six-yard interception return for a touchdown on a pass from St. Paul’s Jacob Maier that wobbled after the quarterback was hit by Joe Mudie. The touchdown gave St. Francis the lead for good, 8-6, after a two-point conversion with 7:35 left in the first.

“I just tried my best to catch the ball,” Cesta said. “I wasn’t sure if I should just go down with it, so I’m happy I ran with it and scored.”

The Cesta score was part of a Golden Knights’ defensive avalanche, as St. Paul (0-6, 0-1) committed turnovers on four straight possessions, the second a fumble caused by Cesta that was recovered by Williams, but led to no points, and the third a 60-yard interception return touchdown from Williams.

The fourth turnover was a fumble recovered by Williams that led to a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ty Gangi (five for nine for 135 yards and two touchdowns) to John Carroll with 3:18 left in the first that put the Golden Knights ahead, 22-6.

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