No Prairie football team since 1992 did what the Falcons did last fall behind Dixson’s league offensive MVP season at quarterback. The team won a league title and reached the 3A state playoffs while setting numerous program records. He finished with 1,000-plus yards in both passing and rushing and accounted for 38 touchdowns.
Two years ago is when Dixson transitioned from wide receiver to quarterback.
“I might’ve not been in the position that I was made to play,” he said, “but I think I did a good job filling that role and being a leader on the team. And letting the team become a family, really.
“It was a family more than a team.”
He took on an expanded role in basketball not only continuing to be a dominant defender, but a proven scorer. Dixson was one of three all-league Falcons on a team that reached bi-districts.
But never before had Dixson been more prepared for a spring track and field season like 2020. He worked with a personal trainer and was set to achieve his best season yet in the sprints and jumps before spring sports ended after two weeks and no competition.
“This year, I took pride in it,” Dixson said. “It’s disappointing it ended early. … We would’ve had that championship.”
Prairie pride means something special for Dixson. He and twin brother, Zeke, were home-school students who competed for Prairie all four years in football, basketball, and track and field.
Being a multisport athlete — especially three sports throughout high school — is important and can provide so much, AJ Dixson said, from better social skills to learning to showing true colors in leadership.
He knows those traits can only help him now as a high school graduate who gears up to play college football next season. He and Zeke Dixson signed letters of intent in February to play football at NCAA Division II Western Oregon.
“Sports helped me blossom into the social aspect of life,” Dixson said. “Speaking in front of others, and becoming a leader, and I feel like that will help me later in life.”
Best of the Rest
Jacques Badolato-Birdsell, Camas
The junior was an All-Region running back in football, a first-team all-league pick in wrestling and competed in track in 2019.
Cooper Barnum, Skyview
Washington State-bound for baseball, Barnum was an All-Region pick in 2019. He was an All-Region pick and all-state in football.
Brevan Bea, Washougal
An All-Region and all-state pick in football, Bea was also a second-team all-league player in baseball in 2019 and a starter in basketball.
Jackson Clemmer, Camas
The tall receiver was an All-Region pick in football for the state champions and a second-team all-league pick in basketball.
Isaiah Flanagan, Woodland
A first-team all-league pick in football, Flanagan was also a second-team all-league pick in basketball and was set to play goalie in soccer.
Tyler Forner, Camas
Forner did it all for Camas in football, earning All-Region honors. In 2019 in baseball, he was a first-team all-league outfielder.
Zyell Griffin, Evergreen
The UNLV-bound receiver and defensive back was All-Region in football and first-team all-league in basketball.
VA Ili, Mountain View
An All-Region selection in two sports, Ili shined as a lineman in football and he placed fourth at the 3A state meet in wrestling.
Trey Knight, Ridgefield
A former All-Region athlete of the year in track and field, the USC-bound senior also earned All-Region honors in football.
Josh Mansur, Ridgefield
A key contributor on the football team, Mansur was a first-team all-league pick in basketball, and also in baseball in 2019.
Carter Monda, Evergreen
Monda was a first-team all-league pick in football, a second-team pick in basketball, and was All-Region in baseball in 2019.
Brody Schaefli, Prairie
Offensive lineman was an All-Region selection in football. He was also a first-team all-league pick in 3A GSHL wrestling.