Shelton retains bragging rights 35 to 19


September 7, 2023

Shawna Whelan/SMCJ

Shelton High School football players raise the axe after defeating Mason County Cup rival North Mason 35-19 on Friday night at Phil Pugh Stadium in Belfair. The Climbers now lead the series 7-4 after defeating the Bulldogs for the third year in a row.

The axe went to Belfair in case it needed to change hands, but the Highclimbers ensured the Mason County Cup would remain in Shelton with a 35-19 win Friday in a nonleague football game to open the 2023 season. 

Shelton senior quarterback Gabe Conklin had a hand in all five touchdowns, scoring two rushing touchdowns and throwing three more. 

"We executed pretty well when we didn't have self-inflicted wounds," Shelton coach Mark Smith told the Journal. "Those extended drives for North Mason and then those penalties stopped our drives, but besides that, it was a very well-executed game. I t...

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