In 2015, Multimedia Producer Mike Simons, Photo Editor John Clanton and then Sports Columnist John E. Hoover spent 12 months pulling back the curtain on two small-town heroes trying to earn a shot at the big time - a Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offer.
The two became college teammates at the University of North Texas, with the Mean Green even having a Heisman campaign for Mason Fine in 2019.
Fine went undrafted early this year, but is keeping his NFL dream alive.
Take a look back at our series on the Locust Grove standouts here.
Mason & Jason, Part I: The most prolific passing duo in state history is trying to show Division I coaches they belong
May-June 2015: Offseason recruiting
Mason & Jason, Part II: Oklahoma's best passing duo in state history is making sure no one out works them this summer
Mason & Jason, Part III: "We fight for Big Kale every day"
September-October 2015: Locust Grove Pirates senior season
Mason & Jason, Part IV: Unless a legacy is left behind, winning won't matter much for the Locust Grove Pirates and Oklahoma's best passing duo
November-December 2015: The postseason
Mason & Jason, Part V: For these two Locust Grove standouts, a high school career ended in mud and tears
January-February 2016: Verbal commitments and signing day
Mason & Jason, the final chapter, Part VI: Patience and perseverance pays off, and a dream finally comes true
Mason and Jason: The pride of Locust Grove
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Fine will work with Pawhuska senior Bryce Drummond and be reunited with his former high school mentor, Matt Hennesy, who is now in his third year at the Huskies’ helm.
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