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Week 1: Prepared Prairie prevails

Falcons earned Week 1 victory months ago through offseason program

The Prairie Falcons feel they won their first game of the season a long, long time ago.

Maybe it was last spring in the weight room.

Maybe in June during scrimmages.

Perhaps July with conditioning.

Shirts worn by the Prairie Falcons this year include messages about using every day to get better. That mentality helped the Falcons to a fast start in 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz
Shirts worn by the Prairie Falcons this year include messages about using every day to get better. That mentality helped the Falcons to a fast start in 2018. Photo by Mike Schultz

Prairie Falcons (1-0)

Week 1: Prairie 40, Parkrose 0

Next: at Washougal, 7 p.m. Friday

The Prairie Falcons won their first season opener since 2013 not just on Friday but in the weeks and months before Friday.

“I was very impressed with the effort,” coach Mike Peck said. “They put in a great offseason Their play reflected that. They had more confidence. They executed the game plan. Great effort, discipline, and attitude.”

The best thing, from a coach’s perspective, the Falcons were not even close to playing their best.

“Schematically, we can get a lot better still,” Peck said. “We have to be more consistent. We have to understand we have to keep getting better.”

He was really impressed with quarterback AJ Dixson and receiver Nolan Mickenham.

“Both of them flashed their skillset and really made some big-time plays,” the coach said.

Dixon threw for two touchdowns and ran for two. Mickenham had 130 yards receiving, including a 70-yard touchdown.

Defensively, the Falcons were just too good as a group that the coach did not want to spotlight any one player.

“It was great to see the energy and the physicality,” Peck said.

Pressed, though, Peck had to mention Zach Wright, who had four sacks and forced a fumble.

“Awesome start to the year,” Peck said.

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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