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March 2012

March 2012


One More Trick Play Series

by: Glenn G. Dahlem
Retired Coach
© March 2012

Many times at the scholastic level, an offense that has been moving the ball will suddenly find itself stopped inside the red zone. This often happens when an opponent has slightly larger linemen and linebackers. The offensive linemen then become more tightly packed in a goal line or short yardage defense. There is a trick play series that could alleviate this situation, especially if it hasnít been well scouted in advance.


For many years, the basic offensive alignment of seven linemen and four backs has been the norm. In fact, if a team lines up with five backs and only six linemen, a penalty is the result. However, if the reverse is true and a team sets up with eight linemen and three backs, it is considered legal. Why would a coach want to do this? The answer is to surprise the opponent. This trick play series i....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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