The Prairie Fire will be looking to improve upon a 2017 season in which they went 2-4. At the helm will be Head Coach Patrick Callan, a former Calgary Dino with a diverse coaching background. “Our key to success is to have no slow starts. This is includes every game and the season in general.” says Coach Callan, who sets high standards for his team and creates a high competition environment in practices. “We approach every week on its own, and encourage our athletes to compete at their highest level, in every drill, rep and practice and eventually game time, the outcome will take care of itself.”
Offensively, OC Adam Donovan will run a progressive offense, utilizing the zone run game as well as RPOs (run pass options). Carson Neitz will be under center this year and will be behind a dominant offensive line that includes the likes of Jacob Weller, Brendin Holm and Tristan Loewen. Expect running back Shaye McCutcheon to see a heavy workload this year, as the Prairie Fire look to establish a dominant run game.
Defensive coordinator Aaron Sheppard will field an aggressive and versatile defense, that will create pressure through multiple formations and exotic blitzes. He will have plenty of tools at his disposal with a veteran defense with plenty of play makers. Teams will have a difficult time through the air against this secondary that boasts a trio of ball hawks in Haidan Brown, Nathan Fuerbringer and Connor McCrea as well as newcomer Turner Douglas who is one of our 1st year players to watch this year. The Fire also have a dynamic group of linebackers led by Kaidyn Puttick and Chase Lloyd.
Overall, the Prairie Fires success this year will depend on their ability to find success in the running game on offense, and to keep teams out of the end zone and create turnovers on defense.