MOULTRIE — With heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Fay expected to hit Colquitt County on Friday, the football scrimmage between Colquitt County and Brooks County has been moved up a day and will be played tonight at 7:30 at Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium.

The decision was made at about noon on Wednesday. Colquitt County coach Rush Propst said Maurice Freeman, his Brooks County counterpart, agreed with the decision.

“It was the smart thing to do,” Propst said. “We didn’t want to play on Saturday.”

Although the decision disrupts the team’s normal pregame routine, it was clear that Propst was eager to get his team back on the field.

“We need to play somebody,” he said. “We practiced in the spring, we worked all summer, went to camp ... Our kids are ready for it.

“And we need to find out where we are and you can’t really do that unless you play.”

Propst said he would like having two preseason scrimmages against other teams, a format in use in Ohio, Tennessee and Oklahoma.

“I’d favor that, even if one of them was an abbreviated scrimmage,” Propst said. “I think one benefit is that you would have fewer injuries in your opening game.”

Two Region 1-AAAAA teams have already played scrimmage games. Houston County fell to Perry 19-7 and Warner Robins was defeated by Peach County 7-0 last week.

General admission will be $5. The game will consist of four 12-minute quarters, with the fourth devoted to the junior varsity players.

Regular rules will apply except that there will be no runbacks of punts and kickoffs.

Propst said he would give his team Friday off and would have the players in on Saturday to watch film and begin preparations for the following Friday night’s season-opener against Randolph-Clay.

Propst said he knew little about Brooks County, but said he was more concerned about how his team performed.

“We just need to worry about ourselves more than our opponent” he said.

The Packers starting offense is likely to have senior Weston Gittens at center, senior R.J. Taylor and junior Chris Walsh at the guards and sophomores Garrett Brewer and Trey Rhymes at the tackles.

Freshman Bryce Giddens will also do some snapping. Tommy Marshall and Whit Benton will back up the guards and Harden Mobley will get some playing time at tackle.

Senior John Michael Harrison will be the quarterback with seniors Eric Key and Travon Littleton lining up next to him in the backfield.

Tevin King also is expected to get some snaps at one running back. Blake Stamps and Tyler Dismuke are playing behind Key. Tyler Brown will back up Harrison.

Quin Roberson, Jacob Propst and Amel Magwood are the likely wide receiver starters, but Tomorius Collins, Diamonte Ridley, Travon Jackson, Travis Harris, Hayden Kudela, Dehryan Arnold, Darious Love and Tommy Hudson also are expected get plenty of playing time.

The Packers are counting on improved defensive line play with Tyrell Wright and Cameron Erving staffing the end positions and Robert Fuller and Nyneson Jeudy playing inside. All four are juniors.

Patrick Phillips, Patrick Johnson Rashawn Hunt also will be in the rotation.

Seniors Jarrett Sutton and Justin Jones are likely to start at two of the linebacking positions.

Stephen Moore, Jamal Davis, Emory Wheeler, Hakeem Peterson and Beau Weathers also are expected to play.

In the secondary, Derrell Ward and Jeremy Downs are the likely starters at corner, with Davis Durham and Corzell Ellerson getting the nod at the safety positions.

Ashley Mead will do the long snapping with Durham doing the holding for place kicks.

Rich Tyndall and Tyler Dismuke are doing the place-kicking. Dismuke will punt.

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