As grad parties wrap up and summer plans unfold, it's good to know that the high school football season is less than three months away. That seems like a decent break from prep sports after Owatonna's athletes run and jump at this weekend's state track and field meet.

The Huskies are the defending Class 5A state champions and will begin their focus on the 2018 season well before the August 31 opener. A summer of competing in seven-on-seven leagues, camps and weight training lies ahead for them. Owatonna graduates heavily for a record-setting season, but returns Golden Gopher commit Jason Williamson who already holds the OHS record for rushing yards in a career.

2018 football schedules
Owatonna
Friday, August 31 at Faribault
Friday, September 7 at Mayo
Friday, September 14 VS Austin
Friday, September 21 VS John Marshall
Friday, September 28 at Mankato East
Friday, October 5 at Century
Friday, October 12 VS Northfield
Wednesday, October 17 VS New Prague

Blooming Prairie
Friday, August 31 VS Southland
Friday, September 7 at Fillmore Central
Friday, September 14 VS Wabasha-Kellog
Friday, September 21 at Winona Cotter (Winona State University)
Friday, September 28 VS Goodhue
Friday, October 5 at Hayfield
Friday, October 12 at Mayer Lutheran
Wednesday, October 17 VS Rushford-Peterson

NRHEG
Friday, August 31 VS Pipestone
Friday, September 7 at Sibley East
Friday, September 14 VS Norwood Young America
Friday, September 21 at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop
Friday, September 28 VS WEM
Friday, October 5 at Maple River
Friday, October 12 VS LeSueur-Henderson
Wednesday, October 17 at Lake Crystal-Welcome Memorial

Medford
Friday, August 31 VS Winona Cotter
Friday, September 7 VS Kenyon-Wanamingo
Friday, September 14 VS Bethlehem Academy
Friday, September 21 at Mayer Lutheran
Friday, September 28 VS Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity
Friday, October 5 at St. Clair-Loyola
Friday, October 12 VS Minnesota Valley Lutheran
Wednesday, October 17 at United South Central

Triton
Thursday, August 30 VS Rochester Lourdes
Friday, September 7 at Caledonia
Friday, September 14 VS Chatfield
Friday, September 21 at St. Charles
Friday, September 28 at Dover-Eyota
Friday, October 5 VS Cannon Falls
Friday, October 12 VS Lewiston-Altura
Wednesday, October 17 at Zumbrota-Mazeppa

All game scheduled for 7 pm. Home games are in bold.