Area prep football teams kick off new season Friday

Tom Snook, Vale High School athletic director, works to clear snow off the football field last week. The Vikings, along with other local prep football teams, will open the 2021 season Friday. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – Local grid squads will hit the grass this weekend as part of a new season but they will do so under strict Covid restrictions set by the Oregon School Activities Association and school districts.

Jeff Aldred, Vale High School varsity football coach, said the Vikings are ready for their first football game against Baker Friday in Vale at 7 p.m.

“The practices are going pretty well. I can’t complain about that,” said Aldred.

The Vikings will make their opening home stand against a seasoned Bulldog squad that reached the quarterfinals in 2019.

“I expect . . .