Malheur County football teams gear up for a new – and shortened – season

Vale High School football coach Jeff Aldred talks to his team during a practice. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – There was an open spot in the field where brown grass peeked but on the horizon a storm promised snow Thursday as the Vale varsity football team practiced a series of offensive plays.

The field was muddy and cold and the only thing familiar about the scene was the helmets and the footballs.

Vale football coach Jeff Aldred can relate.

Occasionally the sensation, vague and distant . . .