The first official week of football practice on the field is over at Thomson High School, and the guy in charge seemed pleased with the way things went.
"We had a pretty good week of practice, I thought," said head coach Luther Welsh. "We worked on a lot of things."
Welsh, whose Bulldogs made it to the second round of the Class AAA State Playoffs a year ago, is counting on the services of several players who helped the team last season.
"We've got a number of players that we hope will do good, but you never know until they get in a game situation," Welsh said.
"We've only got six seniors this year. That's the lowest number of seniors I've ever had in all my years of coaching."
The Bulldogs will be leaning heavily on the services of sophomores and juniors to propel them to the heights they'd like to go this season.
One of the biggest differences between the upcoming season and a year ago will be that the Bulldogs will have a potent offense, capable of running and throwing the football.
During past years, Thomson has traditionally been a team that ran the ball. But this year, Welsh says he's going to try something "a little different," offensively.
"We're going to pass the ball some," he said. "We're still going to run the ball, too, but we're definitely going to throw it some."
Junior quarterback Phillip Anderson is hoping he can provide plenty of excitement for the Bulldog faithful, using his talented throwing arm on Friday nights.
Thomson will use a number of receivers in its throwing attack -- all with better-than-average speed and all who can catch the football.
"We've been working on our passing game and it's looking pretty good from what I've been told," Welsh said. "Our running game is off to a pretty good start, too.
"Even though we've got a lot of work to do between now and the time the season starts, I guess you could say we're doing all right as a team right now."