Even after they vote for realignment, Los Altos-Wilson rivalry will continue … So who wins “The Wheel” on Friday?

Los Altos High School football coach Felipe Aguilar and first-year Wilson coach Brian Zavala want to make sure the annual rivalry game – when the two schools compete for “The Wheel” – doesn’t end after this season. The CIF-Southern Section Council is expected to cast its final vote on Oct. 22 to decide the Mt. SAC area league realignment for the 2010-14 seasons, with Wilson expected to move to the Valle Vista League while Los Altos remains in the Miramonte League. The schools haven’t always been in the same league, but they have met annually since 1969, with Los Altos owning a 31-11-1 record, which includes playoff encounters. To continue reading, click thread

The rivalry resumes on Friday in the Miramonte League opener with Wilson (3-2) hosting Los Altos (2-3), which at least signals the end of the two squaring off in the Miramonte and in CIF playoffs games for the foreseeable future.

“Brian and I definitely want the rivalry to continue, and I see no reason why it shouldn’t,” Aguilar said. “There is a lot of history, a lot of emotion, and kids on both teams play their hearts out to win this game.

“You don’t want that to end. That’s what high school football is all about. We need more games like this, not less of them.”

With defending Miramonte and Southeast champion Charter Oak a heavy favorite again, Aguilar realizes Friday’s game isn’t just for bragging rights, it could go a long way in determining playoff spots.

“Brian has done a great job improving their program and we feel like we have improved a lot from last year so yeah, it’s a very big game, it always is,” Aguilar said. “Obviously, Charter Oak is at a different level than everyone right now, but none of us are just conceding the title to them.

“You look at what Bishop Amat did to St. Bonaventure (28-27 victory) a couple weeks ago. That just goes to show you always have a shot. You never know what’s going to happen in a football game.”

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