LA VERNE — It was no secret this week around Los Altos High School that tonight’s football game against Damien is serious business. The Conquerors think they’re improved compared to last year, but whether the program is back to the lofty heights it established earlier this decade remains to be seen. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Conquerors coach Greg Gano, although impressed by those results, is not exactly worried. “If we come to play, it’s going to be a great game,” he said. “We’re not going to be scared of them, I’ll tell you that much. “I am not going to sell my kids short. I am not going to say we’re going to go over there and get blown out. The thing about Los Altos teams is we’re going to come hit you. We don’t care who you are.” The Conquerors defeated Damien in the first game of last season, and despite the Spartans showing signs of major improvement since then, Gano believes similar results are possible. “They’re better and so are we,” Gano said. “This is going to be a test to see where we’re at. We’re all over the Tribune right now, but we’re going to see how good we are on Friday. We’re going to find out how good Chapelle Brown and the rest of the gang are.” Bottom line: Perhaps we spoke too soon in dubbing last week’s matchup between Bishop Amat and Glendora the nonleague game of the year. This one is pretty darn big, too. Damien has started the season with a vengeance and has eased concerns about last year’s 2-8 campaign. The sick thing is that the Spartans didn’t fire their best game against Charter Oak and won, 26-0. Los Altos also has two quality wins to start the year and this Conquerors team has reportedly been all business as it approaches tonight’s game. Damien has the size advantage tonight while Los Altos has the speed. But the Spartans aren’t exactly slow, though, and the Conquerors are generally one of the more physical teams around. This game is what it is — a matchup between two of the top local teams. You just know Gano and Los Altos relish the chance to beat upper-division schools. But if the Conquerors win, will it really be an upset? The pick: Los Altos. — Aram Tolegian can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233, 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! Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Damien High. Los Altos couldn’t have picked a better barometer for itself than Damien. The Spartans are 2-0 and own blowout wins over traditional powers Charter Oak and Claremont.