Vale finds strength in returning players

Despite a thin veil of smoke lingering over Vale during practice, the Viking grid squad is preparing hard for the season. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – The sounds of pads colliding and quarterbacks calling cadence filled the smoky air at Vale High School’s football practice area, as another high school football season is set to kick off.

Vale made it to the quarterfinal round of the 3A state playoffs last year and totaled seven victories. The Vikings expect to be strong again in 2018 as part of the Eastern Oregon League.

“I expect this season to be successful,” said Coach Jeff Aldred. “We’ve got to figure out our offensive identity a little, but we do have a lot of returning players.”

The Vikings will enter this season with seven returning players on defense and six players . . .