Prairie Falcons: 2019 Washington high school 3A football preview

Here is an inside look at the 2019 Prairie Falcons football team.

Links: Prairie team page | 2019 schedule | Roster

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.

COACHING RESUME

Mike Peck, second season

5-5 record

RETURNING STARTERS

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.

OUTLOOK

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.

2019 SCHEDULE

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

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