“Right now, I’m just concerned with how we’re tackling,” Bonds said. “We had several missed tackles and breakdowns against Valencia. We missed too many assignments, so those are things we need to clean up.” Bonds knows that the absence of Bailey gives his team an edge, but there also are disadvantages. “It kind of throws us for a curve because we’ve been preparing for him,” Bonds said. “He’s an outstanding back that can change a game by himself. But at the same time, I’m sure that Arcadia will use this to motivate themselves. “Whenever you have a chance to win without your best player, you usually come out and give a huge effort, and that’s what I expect.” And that’s exactly what Dimalante is hoping for. “It would be a big win, there’s no doubt about that,” said Dimalante, whose Apaches lost to the Golden Knights 28-6 in the 2004 season opener. “I feel good about the players we’ll send out (tonight). They’ve been working hard and believe they can get it done.” — Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s a blow for sure, but we can’t depend on one person,” Dimalante said. “He’s been our leader on offense the past two years, so we’re going to need others to step up because St. Francis is always one of the toughest games on our schedule.” The Apaches will likely rely more on senior quarterback Travis Gowan, with senior Dean Carazza taking over for Bailey in the backfield. Arcadia High School’s football team will open the season tonight against visiting St. Francis without reigning Pacific League co-most valuable player Audarrius Bailey, who has been suspended for the first two games of the season. Bailey, who led the area in rushing as a sophomore with 1,717 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 1,590 yards and 13 touchdowns in an injury-shortened junior season, was suspended for violating team rules over the summer, rules that coach Jon Dimalante said will remain a private matter. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “We still need to run the ball, but we have Travis and some good wide receivers and tight ends,” Dimalante said. “We’ll probably be a little more balanced than we normally would be with Audarrius, and I’m hoping that throws them (St. Francis) off a little.” Golden Knights coach Jim Bonds has his own kinks to work through. The Knights were somewhat manhandled in a scrimmage against Valencia last week, which is not so alarming when you consider that Valencia lost to Mission Viejo in last year’s CIF-SS Division II championship game. The Knights have a sizable line returning, but they’re hoping that one of their junior quarterbacks, Luke Bollis or Stephen Peterson, can fill the void left by Matt Abbey. They’re also hoping that sophomore running backs Nathan Stark and Cameron Schell can pick up where departed senior Blake Milton left off.