Here is an inside look at the 2019 Prairie Falcons football team.
2018 IN REVIEW
5-5 overall, 3-2 in 3A Greater St. Helens League (third place); lost to Lincoln (Tacoma) in the week 10 regional round.
Mike Peck, second season
Offense – 7. Defense – 7.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
FB Devante Clayton 5-10, 200, sr.
QB A.J. Dixson 6-1, 175, sr
WR Zeke Dixson 6-0, 180, sr.
OL Connor French 6-3, 300 6-3, 305
OL Brody Schlaefli 6-6, 260, jr.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
DL Easton Lane 5-9, 185, jr.
LB Ben Matson 5-11, 195, sr.
Garrett Anderson 5-10, 190, sr.
DE Devante Clayton, 5-10, 200, sr.
DL Christian Lowery 6-5, 270, sr.
THREE TO SEE
A.J. Dixson, quarterback
First team all-league selection as a quarterback as a junior, can also play wideout. One of the top returners across the league.
Zeke Dixson, receiver
Dynamic, athletic wideout who proved to be playmaker as a junior.
Brody Schlaefli, lineman
Great size that projects as a high-level college lineman. Will play a big role on both sides of the ball.
Momentum is brewing within the Prairie football program.
The Falcons bring back key contributors from a team that produced the program’s first winning season in seven years — second in the last 20 years — and played in the postseason. They return first team all-league quarterback A.J. Dixson and could challenge traditional 3A Greater St. Helens League powers Mountain View and Kelso.
A total of 14 starters are back for Prairie, which proves favorable for second year head coach Mike Peck. He implemented a new spread offense last year, and will retool the defense to fit the returners’ skill sets.
Can Prairie crack the top-two in league? Coaches around the GSHL are certainly on alert, including Mountain View’s Adam Mathieson, who picked the Falcons to win the league.
Sept 6: at Parkrose (Ore.), 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: Washougal, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20: at Black Hills, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Battle Ground, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4: Kelso, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10: Mountain View, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18: at Hudson’s Bay, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Ridgefield, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1: Evergreen, 7 p.m.
*home games in bold