A return to normalcy for high school football


September 1, 2022

Justin Johnson / File photo

Shelton High School players celebrate after winning the spring 2021 Mason County Cup against North Mason. The Highclimbers won the game 45-6 and lead the series 5-4.

After two seasons filled with disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year's version of Friday Night Lights feels like a return to normalcy.

Perhaps that's tempting fate, but, for now, Mason County's three high school football teams are heading into this week's season openers with a full, structured offseason for the first time since 2019.

Amid the height of the pandemic in 2020, the fall football season was postponed until spring 2021 when, after a rapid week of practice, teams embarked on a truncated seven-week season in late February and March.

With the end of that school ye...

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