Prairie misses out on playoff berth

ClarkCountyToday.com reviews Prairie’s Week 1 loss to Heritage and previews the Falcons’ Week 2 game at Hockinson.Falcons lose in three-way tiebreaker for final postseason spot

Prairie Falcons (3-6, 2-3 3A GSHL)

Week 1: Heritage 28, Prairie 14
Week 2: Hockinson 42, Prairie 6
Week 3: Black Hills 25, Prairie 22
Week 4: Prairie 21, Battle Ground 20
Week 5: Prairie 28, Evergreen 23
Week 6: Hudson’s Bay 16, Prairie 13
Week 7: Kelso 49, Prairie 6
Week 8: Mountain View 49, Prairie 10
Week 9: Prairie 63, Fort Vancouver 0
Week 9.5: Prairie lost in a three-team tiebreaker Monday night and did not qualify for the postseason.

The Falcons did get one more win this year than in 2016 but lost in a tiebreaker to miss the playoffs.

Coach Kevin Baker resigns

Prairie coach Kevin Baker has resigned as the head of the Falcons’ football program.

Prairie Athletic Director Jason Castro confirmed Baker’s resignation to ClarkCountyToday.com on Wednesday.

“High character guy,’’ Castro said of Baker. “We wish him nothing but the best.’’

New offense, new players:

Prairie coach Kevin Baker praised Aaron Brumley (shown here) for his leadership and hard work this season. Photo by Mike Schultz
Prairie coach Kevin Baker praised Aaron Brumley (shown here) for his leadership and hard work this season. Photo by Mike Schultz

“We started off not knowing what we were going to do,” Baker acknowledged.

A lot of new players, plus a new offense for those players to figure out in the offseason and into the regular season.

“It was a learning experience,” Baker said. “We had kids step up that surprised some people. I don’t think people were thinking we’d get this far this season.

“We improved all year.”

Week 9 win:

Baker gave quarterback Logan Reed the nod for MVP on the offense, throwing for three touchdown passes and more than 200 yards in the final full game of the season, a win over Fort Vancouver.

Defensively, he said the whole unit played solid in the shutout. A.J. Dixson had an interception return for a touchdown.

Tiebreaker:

Prairie did get one last contest to celebrate when the Falcons won the first of two mini-games in the third-place tiebreaker Monday night. The Falcons beat Evergreen 7-0 before falling to Hudson’s Bay.

On Evergreen’s first possession, Jake Bobst had a tackle-for-loss on one play and then Trajveion Douglas had a sack for a loss of 8 yards.

On offense, Logan Reed found Aaron Brumley for an 18-yard pass on third down, setting up the touchdown. Brumley ended up scoring on a 5-yard TD run.

Most inspirational player:

Baker said he appreciated Brumley for his body of work this season, on and off the field.
“He stepped up. He talks. He leads by example. He’s steady,” Baker said. “He’s a hard worker in the weight room and just a nice kid.”

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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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