With an impressive victory over Long Beach Poly behind them and a big football game against Lynwood next week, the Bishop Amat Lancers had better not overlook St. Francis in a non-league match-up at 7:30 p.m. Friday at La Canada. With its 1-1-1 record, St. Francis may not look like a strong challenge for the undefeated Lancers (3-0), but St. Francis has one of the most difficult schedules in the Southland. After tying San Gorgonio (0-0) and losing to Pasadena (24-15), the Knights defeated Damien for their first win (7-6) last week. St. Francis is a tough defensive team. The question is whether the Knights have the offense to stay close to Amat. Their toughest task is stopping senior running back Eric Bieniemy, who has rushed for 441 yards and seven touchdowns in 68 carries. He ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns in a surprisingly easy 21-7 triumph over Long Beach Poly, which had been the top-ranked team in the state. Bishop Amat has an outstanding defense led by linebacker Charles Fraley and defensive back Sean Canova that held Poly to 120 yards.
Diamond Bar vs. San Dimas
San Dimas will have plenty of incentive for its non-league match-up against Diamond Bar at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Diamond Bar. All the Saints have to do is look back at last year's CIF Southeastern Conference semifinals when Diamond Bar defeated them 25-12. Both are pretty good. Diamond Bar, which has moved to the Eastern Conference, is 2-0-1, and San Dimas, ranked No. 1 in the Southeastern Conference, is 2-0. Diamond Bar was impressive in a 16-14 squeaker over strong Pasadena last week. The Brahmas rolled up 404 yards, led by junior running back Sean Trejo's 217 in 17 carries. Diamond Bar has a big offensive line with tackles Bascom Mellon (6-3, 240) and Kelly Schlegel (6-6, 225) and a solid defense led by linebacker George Spada and defensive back Frank Galindo. San Dimas, which has one of the top defensive teams in the valley, has allowed only nine points in two games against Montclair and Bonita. But Diamond Bar is better than both of those teams. Another problem for San Dimas could be its offense, which has scored only 24 points.