“It’s tough, because we can’t match them turnout-wise, and they have the youth programs we don’t have,” Albaugh said. “There’s definitely an intimidation factor.” Needless to say, Albaugh isn’t thrilled to see Miramonte League play commence tonight although there is a bright spot to playing in the five-team league: “We really only have to win two games,” Albaugh said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We’re hoping some teams take us lightly, and maybe we can sneak up on a couple teams.” Los Altos (4-1) and Bonita (5-0) are apparently the teams to beat, with Charter Oak (3-2) and Wilson (3-2) not far behind. Garey’s challenge is to right the ship after a 1-4 start. “From what I’ve been hearing, Los Altos is pretty tough,” Bonita coach Eric Podley said. “Charter Oak is a team to contend with, and Wilson had a pretty good preseason.” Since there are just five teams in the league, one squad takes a bye every week, with Bonita’s turn coming right away. By the time the Bearcats actually start Miramonte play, one of the top contenders – Los Altos or Charter Oak – will already have one league loss. Those two play each other tonight. Jason Albaugh is halfway through his first year as Garey’s head football coach, but Miramonte League play is nothing new to him. As a Garey assistant the six previous years, Albaugh watched teams like Los Altos, Charter Oak and Bonita storm through and beat his Vikings, time after time. Not once did Garey beat those squads. Garey, meanwhile, opens with Wilson. Albaugh said his new offense and new defense might actually help fool opposing teams. “I’m a new coach, so they don’t know what to expect when they see us,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!