It may be coincidental, but since Colquitt County head coach Rush Propst decided to take over the play-calling, the Packers are 2-0.
Those two victories came in 7-on-7 tournaments in Prattville, Ala., and Dalton this summer, but they could portend success once the regular season starts on Aug. 23 against Mill Creek in the Corky Kell Classic at McEachern High.
Propst said he called the offensive plays during much — although not all — of his career at Hoover (Ala.) High while winning five state championships.
For the most part, he has allowed offensive coordinators Jeff Hammond and Shawn Sutton to call the plays on Friday nights since coming to Moultrie in 2008.
Propst said he took over much of the playing calling during the playoffs in 2010 and was “heavily involved” in the process in 2009.
With the Packers expected to have one of their best teams during his tenure this season, Propst said he will take on the responsibility of making the calls during games.
“It’s not that I don’t have confidence in our staff,” he said on Wednesday following the Packers morning practice.
“I just feel very strongly that I need to do it.”
Propst said that passing game coordinator Sean Calhoun, running game coordinator Joey Bennett and running backs coach Zach Grage have been calling plays in practices.
“We’ve even had (inside receivers coach) John Cooper and (outside receivers coach) Jean Cherizol call some. Any one of them could call it. And they all can make suggestions and have input.”
He also noted that much of the first-half offense is “scripted.”
Propst said that on a trip to Baylor this summer, he learned that Bears head coach Art Briles has his offensive coordinator call plays during practices, but takes over during games.
The additional duty means more than coming up with plays on during the games. Propst said he is more involved in meetings and the other day-to-day activities of the offense.
“I’m in the film room 5-6 hours a day, every day,” he said. I’ve got to be in the meetings and the film room. “Some of the other head coaching duties might suffer. I might not be as accessible as much. But we’re here to win football games.”
Calhoun came to Colquitt County this season after serving as the offensive coordinator at Collins Hill High, a Class AAAAAA program in Suwanee.
Propst said Calhoun is helping the development of rising junior quarterback Chase Parrish, who will take over the offense for the first time this season.
“His is sharp as a tack,” Propst said of Calhoun. “I like his cool and calm under fire. He played in this offense under Hal Mumme.
“I feel good about the chemistry between me and him and Chase.”
NOTES: As the Packers wind down their “camp” phase of preseason practice, Propst said the team has been put through the mill.
“We’ve been grinding it,” he said. “We’re pushing them to the limit every day.”
Last Saturday, in just the second day in pads, the Packers first-team offense and defense went through 81 plays during the scrimmage at the stadium.
“I’ve never had a scrimmage with 81 snaps on the second day of practice,” Propst said.
Colquitt will scrimmage again at the stadium on Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
For admission to Saturday morning’s scrimmage, fans are asked to bring any of the following items to help the football program: rolls of paper towels; paper or Styrofoam plates and/or bowls; and plastic forks and spoons.