Moultrie, Georgia - The scene at Mack Tharpe Stadium on Saturday night had the feel of of a controlled intrasquad game, but with all of the hard hits, cheering and instructing, you could've mistaken it for a regular season Friday night.
It was even better, though, to see Rush Propst back to coaching.
Propst had a tumor removed from his tonsils during the offseason and had to go through extensive tests and therapy that took a physical toll on his body.
But Propst is now in remission and has returned to the sidelines.
"I'm not screaming and hollering and just wide open like I was - I'm still probably a month away from that. But, I'm well," Propst said. "I really thought I'd have a hard time in camp, but its really been better than I thought."
So now his focus is back on the team that finished as the runners-up in the state title game last year.
The Packers have been hit hard by graduation, returning just three starters on offense.
Defense has been a bit better.
"Defense we're playing better than we've played," Propst said. "It was very poor last year."
Cole Segraves takes over at Quarterback. Segraves, who transferred from White County in March, will be a Junior this year.
"Me, personally, I need to work on my pocket presence," he said. "Sit back there, being calm. We have to come together as a group and just work as one."
"The team, we definitely have time for improvement," said Flournoy Smith, a Senior Tight End. "So, we're just gonna keep practicing and hopefully win the state championship game."