Saturday, October 13, 2007

Coach makes opposition happy by coming out in the spread

Single-Wing Coach makes
Opposition Happy
by coming out in the Spread

You study, investigate and choice to run the single-wing. The 100 year old offense that 95%+ of the opposing coaches have never seen much let coach against. An offense that a growing number of coaches are currently using. The single-wing, an offense that has proven to work with numerous youth and high school teams. An offense that won 3 state High School Championships last year. An offense that has set state rushing records in several states.

The season is starting out tough. The parents are screaming and the administration is asking questions. Everyone is screaming you need to spread things out.

What should you do?

(1) Determine where this proven offense and struggling team needs to get better. Seek council from coaches that have had success with the Single-Wing. Stick to your guns and push forward.


(2) Switch your offense.

Which one would make the parents happy? Which one would make the administration happy? Maybe you should ask yourself” Which one would make the opposition happy?

Read an excerpt from The Herald Democrat article:

The Panthers surprised Whitesboro by abandoning the single wing offense and coming out in a one-back spread, but it took a while for the new formation to have success.

“I was more happy they came out in that (spread) than that wing stuff,” said Labhart, who also had an interception on defense. “I knew they were a good football team, and I was much more relieved when I saw that, because it was more stoppable than (the single wing).”

How do you make life easier for the opposition? Run a offense thay see on a normal basis, one they practice for all the time, one they don’t waste practice time on trying to understand or explain. So if your goal is to make a Defensive Coordinator happy, run a conventional offense.

If your goal is to help a struggle team get better, give them an offense that suites them and helps them compete. If you goal is to take a good team to the next level, give them an offese that helps them work as an team, an offense that conrols the clock, grinds out the clock and keeps the opposition’s offense off the field. Dare to be unconventional.

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6-0! W’boro survives first-half scare to win
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Old School: Earl Campbell's 7 Seconds of Splendor

Editor's Note: I have ran across a series entitled "Old School" -- enjoy the first installment. -- ds


Old School: Earl Campbell's Seven Seconds of Splendor
Jul 20th 2007

by Jeff Adams

"Old School" is the College Football FanHouse's irregular look back at the rich history of college football, usually through the medium of embeddable flash video. Check out the Old School archive for more famous plays and infamous hair.

Even if you never saw another highlight clip of Earl Campbell, it wouldn't matter. This is the one that defines his career and cements his legend. Seven grainy seconds. One pulverized
defensive back.

I can't even make out the Longhorns' opponent in the clip , and I'm not sure it even matters. The "Tyler Rose" inflicted more pain on defensive players than perhaps any running back to have ever played in college or the NFL. Campbell rushed for 1,744 rushing yards, (800 of those after contact) on his way to the 1977 Heisman Trophy. He finished his Texas career with 4,443 rushing yards and 41 touchdowns.

The Houston Oilers made Campbell the number one draft pick in 1978 and he went on to finish that season with 1,450 yards and was named both Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the NFL. For his efforts Campbell was later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.

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Boise Fallout

Boise Fallout
The Fiesta Bowl shows that college football is more innovative than the NFL.
By Josh Levin
Updated Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at 7:26 PM ET


It's all too rare that a classic sporting event ends with a play that even Chip Hilton wouldn't have the gumption to try. Rather than kick a sure-thing extra point to tie up Oklahoma in overtime, Boise State coach Chris Petersen decided to win Monday night's Fiesta Bowl with a play that looked like it was hatched in a seventh-period P.E. class.* The climactic play started innocuously enough, with Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky faking a screen pass to the right side of his field. Zabransky then hid the ball in his left hand before handing it off behind his back to Ian Johnson. The Boise running back ran around left end, untouched, for the winning two-point conversion. Final in overtime: Boise State 43, Oklahoma 42.

Boise State's game-winning Statue of Liberty play was merely the Broncos' final magic trick. Moments earlier, Boise had scored consecutive touchdowns on a 50-yard hook-and-ladder and a fourth-down halfback pass. If the Fiesta Bowl didn't provide enough acts of coaching nonconformity, there was the Rose Bowl, in which USC's Pete Carroll chose to air the ball out repeatedly in the fourth quarter rather than run out the clock. Meanwhile, West Virginia steamrolled to 38 points in the Gator Bowl behind its retro-chic single-wing offense. What all these bowl games revealed, once more, is that college football is a game ruled by innovators and aggressors. Compare that to pro football, a stolid, inertial sport in which the coaches compete to see who can be the most risk-averse.

Admittedly, the 2006 college season—top story: Rutgers!—has been a huge comedown from 2005's Bush-Leinart-Young-a-palooza. But even in a year that didn't have much going for it before Boise State started hook-and-laddering college football was still a lot of fun to look at. Watch football on a Sunday afternoon, and you'll see 32 teams running more or less the same plays. Flip channels on a Saturday, however, and you'll find all sorts of different styles—teams that should be playing in the 1940s versus teams that would be at home in the 2040s. Even better, the sport's weirdo outliers—Navy's triple option, Florida's spread, West Virginia's modernized single wing, Hawaii and Texas Tech's adrenalized passing attacks—aren't simply wacky novelties concocted by desperate coaches. Texas Tech, Navy, and Hawaii have become perennial winners on account of their unconventional offenses. West Virginia just won 11 games for the second year in a row. In a mere two years, Urban Meyer's spread has taken Florida to the national championship game. In college football, the innovators win.

Not only are college coaches more imaginative than their pro counterparts, they're also less defensive. Fake punts and fourth-down conversion attempts, acceptable gambles in the college game, are considered needlessly chancy by the majority of NFL coaches. It's conceivable that an NFL team would have attempted the last-second hook-and-ladder play that sent the Fiesta Bowl to overtime—desperate times call for desperate play-calling. (Music City Miracle, anyone?) But would any pro coach have had the gumption, as Boise's Chris Petersen did, to go for the win with a two-point play rather than kicking the sure extra point? Is it even worth asking if, say, Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs would have signaled in a Statue of Liberty play?

College football's distinctive offenses have arisen partly out of necessity. Since talent is distributed much less evenly in college than in the NFL, many coaches at lower-tier programs come up with novel schemes in order to compete with better-stocked opponents. In college football, innovation filters upward—smart, successful coaches at smaller schools (like one-time Bowling Green head man Urban Meyer) get promoted up the chain and bring their schemes to the sport's top programs. The college football rulebook also helps foster creativity. The wider hash marks in NCAA football—which give speedy runners like West Virginia's Steve Slaton additional acreage to outflank defenders laterally—encourage coaches to conjure impressive-looking, run-oriented schemes that wouldn't work in the NFL.

The relative predominance of imaginative play-calling in the NCAA, though, says less about college football than it does about the culture of the NFL. A pro-football coach's first instinct is self-preservation. NFL head-coaching jobs are such a rare commodity that it's foolish to fritter one away by trying something different. Besides, if a coach resorts to too much trickery, isn't he admitting he's not good enough to take on his opponents straight up?

One would think that the economics of the NFL would argue strongly for innovation by bad teams. The Titans present one such case study—the upside gains of deploying a nontraditional quarterback like Vince Young are so enormous that it's worth the risk that he won't hack it. It's far more common, though, that NFL teams try to mold a unique talent like Young or the Falcons' Michael Vick into conventional quarterbacks—or, in the case of a guy like Tommie Frazier, not give him a chance at all. The social forces of the NFL, it seems, can be stronger than the economic ones.

A good example of wrongheaded NFL groupthink is the league's de facto policy to punt on fourth down. In a recent piece in ESPN the Magazine, Michael Lewis argues that NFL coaches' seemingly irrational fear of going for fourth-down conversions has to do with self-preservation. "Go for it on fourth down more often than any other coach, and you not only set yourself apart from your peers, but you call into question their intelligence," Lewis writes. "If your decision doesn't pay off—if you go for it routinely and your team fails—you'll stand accused of malpractice." By doing the same thing as every other guy with a clipboard, NFL coaches inoculate themselves from criticism. This explains why innovation in pro football is an all-or-nothing affair. The run-and-shoot was laughed out of the league; the West Coast offense went from a radical passing attack to fossilized convention in seconds flat.

While the NFL suffers from a collective failure of imagination, it would be folly to transplant a gimmicky college offense to the pro game. A running attack like West Virginia's could never gain chunks of yardage against the pro game's speedy linebackers. A one-dimensional passing game like Texas Tech's would likewise fall to pieces in the face of an NFL pass rush. It's also likely that Urban Meyer's offense wouldn't be as effective in the pros. While the spread-option presents a good run-pass balance, its emphasis on misdirection wouldn't be as confounding to disciplined, smart NFL defensive linemen.

The Boise State system—more so than the one-dimensional offenses employed by schools like West Virginia and Texas Tech—would be a good model for an NFL franchise. Don't be misled by the fact that Boise used a lifetime's worth of gadget plays to beat Oklahoma. The Broncos jumped out to a 28-10 lead in the Fiesta Bowl thanks to a fairly straightforward offensive scheme with a few wrinkles—motion, quick snaps—thrown in to get the defense on its heels. Boise State plays less like Texas Tech than like last year's Pittsburgh Steelers, who buttressed a steady passing and running game with a consistent stream of reverses and wide receiver passes. Alas, the Steelers' innovation is one that no NFL team has yet dared to copy. If only some pro football team would dare to give Chris Petersen a job. Come on, Detroit Lions, what have you got to lose?

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Friday, October 12, 2007

For King George, tonight is night to measure

For King George, tonight is night to measure progress

High school football: Foxes primed for big test

Date published: 10/12/2007


The King George High School football team pointed to tonight long before the season even began.

Foxes third-year head coach Bill Dignan looked at its home date with James Monroe as a measuring stick for progress.

Dignan knew King George would be better this season than his previous two years, and the Foxes (4-1) haven't disappointed him.

Tonight at 7:30, they'll begin their Battlefield District slate with undefeated James Monroe (5-0).

The Foxes entered this season on a miserable 23-game losing streak, but are confident they can jump-start a run in the district tonight.

"People think that JM is probably the team to beat in the Battlefield because they have so many athletes," Dignan said. "Many teams can't match up with them. But we feel we have as many athletes as they do."

King George's array of running backs and tall, fast wide receivers is where Dignan is resting his hopes.

They've helped the Foxes average a Fredericksburg area-best 41.2 points per game.

The Foxes defeated William Monroe 67-28 last Friday, while scoring their most points since they beat Manassas Park 72-16 in 1977.

"I think people that haven't seen King George play expect JM to come in and beat the crap out of us," Dignan said. "But I think if you talk to [JM coach Rich Serbay], he'll tell you we're probably the toughest team he's faced all year."

Serbay does have high praise for the Foxes.

He said their offense is very "diversified" and that, "they've got the complete package."

The Foxes use four- and five-wide receiver formations and they also run the single-wing and offset-I.

It's enough to have Serbay concerned.

"They score a lot of points. They're a big-play team," Serbay said. "They can score from anywhere on the field--kick returns, punt returns, hand-offs, passes. We've got our work cut out for us."

James Monroe's players aren't looking past King George, either.

Standout wide receiver/defensive back P.J. Hayden said practice for the Foxes has been much more intense this year than in the past.

"[In previous years], it was just a relaxed week, like we knew we were going to win," Hayden said. "It's different this week. We've got to come out and play our hardest."

King George's solid start may have caught some people off-guard, but not Dignan.

When he accepted the job three years ago, he figured this would be the team's season to shine.

He knew standout running back Tremayne Dameron (632 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns) would be a senior.

But what he didn't anticipate was the talented wide receivers that would come his way.

The Foxes boast four of the top 12 receivers in the area. Dameron, DeAndre Scott, Donta Smith and Jamal Lucas all have at least 200 yards receiving.

Senior quarterback Shane Houck is second in the area in passing with 972 yards and eight touchdowns.

Dignan said the best thing about his receivers is that they've got a height advantage over just about every defensive back.
"Most teams have cover guys who are 5-8," Dignan said. "So we've got a little bit of an advantage there."
The 6-foot-2, 150-pound Smith runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and has a 40-inch vertical leap, Dignan said. He caught two passes for 106 yards against King William last year, but had his season cut short when he suffered a broken collarbone the following week in practice.
Scott is a 6-foot-4, 165-pound senior, who hadn't played football since he was a seventh-grader, but has settled in nicely.
"Shane is just throwing it up and letting me go get it," Scott said. "He knows if he puts it out there, I'll come through for him."
Dameron excels as a running back, but with the emergence of junior Jericho James at that position, Dignan has been able to spread him out at wide receiver.
At 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, Lucas isn't as tall as the others, but may be the team's best route runner.
"They're going to be hard to stop," Houck said of his receivers.
Added Dignan: "If you put six in the box, we're going to run on you. And if you put seven in the box, you're saying you've got four guys that can match up with our four guys."
Dignan said if any team can match up with his receivers, it's James Monroe.
Tonight, he and his players will see if what they've been looking forward to all year was worth the wait.
"Even if we were to lose another game this year, I don't believe nobody is going to walk all over us like they had been doing," Dameron said. "We've got more than one weapon. If they stop one thing, we can go somewhere else. That's the difference in us now than in the past."

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Last Homecoming In Old Stadium for Aggies

Homecoming attendants

By Ken Bonner
The Daily Sentinel

Published October 12, 2007

It's a series with a long and storied history. And, after 62 meetings, the series standings shows how competitive its been.

Scottsboro and Albertville will be battling for playoff position when the two teams square off tonight in the last homecoming contest to ever be played in Aggie Stadium in Albertville.

The Wildcats, who defeated the Aggies 44-16 a year ago, lead the overall series that dates to 1916, 29-28-5. The Aggies, 3-3 overall, 2-2 in 5A Region 7 are 1-9 in their last 10 homecoming contests. Scottsboro enters the game 5-1 and 4-0.

“Albertville will be ready to play,” Scottsboro head coach Freddie Tidmore said. “It will be the last homecoming game Albertville will ever play in their old stadium. They're slated to get a new stadium by next year. Emotion is on their side.”

“I fully expect our football team to be focused and to give their very best effort on Friday night,” Aggie coach Tommy Tharp said.

Tharp doesn't think homecoming will be a distraction for his squad.

“Different teams, from year-to-year, handle off-the-field things differently, but this bunch so far has had no problem with those sorts of things.”

The Aggies broke a three-game losing skid with a 21-13 win over Arab a week ago. And their single-wing, always in the shotgun, offense and split-four defense is capable of causing Scottsboro some problems.

“We can't have turnovers,” Tidmore said. “We've got to be disciplined on defense but not let it slow down our aggressiveness. Against their offense you've got to make sure you know you're going where you're going.”

Tidmore explained that the Aggies attack is deceptive. He expects Albertville to run most of the time but to air it out at least 12 to 15 times.

Albertville is led offensively by Cody Haycraft and Beau Dalke in the backfield. Haycraft ran 26 times for 214 yards against the Wildcats a season ago.

“I think they'll try to exploit us a little bit. They're hard nosed and will run a lot of counters and sweeps. We're not big inside,” Tidmore said. “We're more speed oriented.”

“We have to trust our keys, what they tell us to do,” he said. “We must play responsibility football but still get a lot of people around the football, which is hard to do against this offense.”

Tharp is concerned about the Wildcat defense. And he is impressed with its speed.

“You might block them for a second or two,” he said. “But you better believe when they get disengaged from the block, they run like a scalded dog to the football.”

But Tharp is most impressed with the Wildcat offense.

:Both Tyrelle McCamey (91 attempts for 507 yards) and Trent Johnson (92 attempts for 675 yards) can carry the mail. You have to play assignment football against the Wildcats and that puts you in a lot of one-on-one situations, which makes it incredibly difficult to slow those guys down,” Tharp noted. “Josh White, their quarterback, does a really good job operating the offense, and they will be more than a handful for us to slow down.”

Tidmore isn’t as impressed.

“Some of our kids are getting better but we've been inconsistent,” he said. “We've got to start making the fullback go more between the tackles. When the fullback goes and the downhill sweep goes we feel pretty good.”

But Tidmore knows his team is making strides on offense. He says defenses are beginning to use gimmicks to try and slow the Wildcats seemingly always powerful rushing attack down, citing defensive lines crawling and diving at blockers feet and defensive backs and linebackers crashing the corners.

The Aggies kicking game is “solid, not flashy,” Tidmore said. “I think we've done a pretty good job of covering kicks and Jay Benson (placekicker and punter) has been a bright spot for us. To win we've got to be solid in the kicking game.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Scottsboro has won six of the last 10 meetings and holds the off-again, on-again series’ longest win streak at seven from 1963 to 1972.

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M&M rivalry conjures sweet memories

October 12, 2007
M&M rivalry conjures sweet memories
Geoff Kimmerly
Special to Rivals High

Their stories vary a bit. So Ed DeMeuse has asked Dale Svoboda if the latter wants to watch the videotape and remember exactly how their last high school matchup unfolded.

Both 41 years old, the two are teammates now for the M&M Timberjacks, a semi-pro football team featuring players from Menominee, Mich., and Marinette, Wis.

Sure, they remember each other from high school -– the small towns are adjacent along Lake Michigan at their states' shared border and are separated only by the quarter-mile wide Menominee River.

But in 1983, DeMeuse and Svoboda faced each other in the 86th game of what has become one of the nation's longest football rivalries -– DeMeuse for Marinette and Svoboda for Menominee.

Svoboda, a tight end, said DeMeuse, a defensive end, lined up on the opposite side of the field from him. But the way DeMeuse tells it, he beat Svoboda to make tackles for losses on the first three plays of the game.

It's all jovial jabbing these days. Former opponents are now friends, and DeMeuse likes to let the past remain there. Still, Svoboda's Menominee team won 9-0 that year, capping off a four-year winning streak against DeMeuse's Marinette. And that comes with something that can't be erased.

"We give each other (bull) once in a while, but even not playing 24 or 25 years now, the good thing is always having bragging rights," said Svoboda, who lives in Menominee. "You know you won. It's just a good feeling. You say, 'You know, we won.' When I was in high school, we won all four years. I never had to suffer what it was like (to lose). I couldn't imagine."

Saturday's M&M game at Menominee will be the 101st in the series, which began in 1894. The National Federation of High Schools recognizes the series as the second-longest interstate rivalry in the country – behind only Bradford Area, Penn., vs. Olean, N.Y., which began a year earlier -– and tied for 10th-longest rivalry overall. Menominee has won the last six M&M games, but Marinette holds a 49-44-7 edge.

There's more than longevity to the game's intrigue:

Culture: Consider that, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, the cities' combined population was only about 21,000. But Svoboda, a substitute teacher at Menominee who works the games, said last year's drew about 5,000 fans -– and that that's average.

Legendary coaches: Aside from 1972-74, Menominee coach Ken Hofer has led the Maroons since 1964 and guided them to two state titles. Marinette coach Joel Hanner returned to the team this season after a three-year hiatus and a previous 18-year stint with the Marines that included one state championship. Menominee's old-school single wing offense -– in which the center snaps directly to a running back instead of a quarterback –- adds a little spice amid an era dominated by spread offenses and option attacks.

Legendary players: Standouts from both sides went on the big-time football careers during the middle of the last century. Among them were Menominee's Dick Deschaine (two NFL teams), Billy Wells (three NFL and one AFL team) and Billy Rademacher (two NFL/AFL teams) and Marinette's Earl Girard (three NFL teams). A number of others since have gone on to college success at various levels.

Tradition, of course: Although not now, for years the M&M game was the regular-season finale. It was also the Homecoming game for both schools, and some years was played after a two-week break like the NFL's Super Bowl. Both schools would have the usual Homecoming festivities -– floats, a combined parade -– and the host school for the game would also host a combined dance that night. The winner gets the Cedar Log, a traveling trophy featuring a plank of wood with a football resting on top.

Good games, simply put: Granted, there was the 1919-26 period during which Marinette held Menominee scoreless (and didn't score itself in 1920's 0-0 tie). But of the 100 games, 40 including ties have been decided by seven points or fewer.
"As a kid, we'd always go. It was something to look up to," said 20-year-old Randy Hoheneder, who played for Marinette in the 2004 and 2005 games. "It's a lot bigger (than you realize while playing). Just all the fans, a lot of people come from different towns and cities, come to watch you play. You understand it more afterward. You're all up in the speed playing the game, you don't realize it."

Plenty has changed over the years. During the 1980s, it wasn't rare to see fans throwing eggs at opposing players or other pregame vandalism. Although beefed-up security has ended some of the in-game shenanigans, the host stadium's lights are still kept on all week to discourage pranks.

Menominee's recent dominance and a break from 1993-98 may have sapped the game of some of its tradition, said DeMeuse, who has a senior daughter at Marinette High. Before that, the teams had never gone more than two years between games against each other. Back before playoffs, or when formats made qualifying tougher, the M&M game often capped seasons –- and careers.

"It meant so much so much to guys around my age and older because of what the game is about," he said. "The 25-to-30 age bracket, a lot of these guys didn't care."

But the vein of tradition will exist as long as the game continues. DeMeuse is one of four brothers who played in the M&M game. Svoboda's two brothers both played as did his dad Frank in 1948 and 1949.

"When there are 6,000 people in that stadium from both sides, (the teams) are playing for all the people that have played in the M&M games. When I'm there Saturday, these people playing are playing for me," Svoboda said. "They want to win for parents, for their grandparents.

"It's the 101st M&M game. These coaches will bring that up, that they're playing for their great-grandparents, playing for their grandparents, and they all will know what their grandparents did."

Geoff Kimmerly is Prep Sports Editor at the Lansing (MI) State Journal.

Courtesy: Michigan High School Athletic Association
Few if any high school rivalries have a trophy to match the Cedar Log of Menominee vs. Marinette.


Vikes take down mcc

Vikes take down mcc
By Mark Lucker
Independent Sports Writer

Slayton — Utilizing a strong ground game and a stiff defense, Minneota dropped Murray County Central 24-8 in Little Sioux Conference football action Thursday night.

The Rebels drew first blood, scoring with 3:47 to go in the first quarter, on a 37-yard pass from Kyle DeLong to Paul Counter.

Counter slipped behind the Minneota defense and caught the ball in stride down the left sideline. Jeremy Storm added a run over right tackle for the two-point conversion and the Rebels seemed to have the momentum working to their advantage.

MCC (3-4, 3-4 Little Sioux) moved the ball effectively, driving to inside the Vikings’ 10-yard line on its first two drives.

The Rebels turned the ball over on downs once and scored on the other drive.

“We didn’t score, and that was big,” MCC coach Chris Davis said.

From then on, it was all Minneota (5-2, 5-2 Little Sioux).

The Vikings answered MCC early in the second quarter when Jacob Cheadle returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown. Cheadle fielded the punt, dropped it, then saw it roll away.

Before Rebel defenders could react, Cheadle retrieved the ball and scampered from the middle of the field, over to the left sideline, and untouched into the end zone for a score.

“I can’t tell you how many times in all my years around football I’ve seen plays like that,” said Minneota coach Criag Johnston. “A guy drops a punt or a kick and everyone seems to relax a bit. Then the guy finds the handle on the ball and he’s gone.”

“Our outside contain man didn’t stay outside,” Davis said. “The coverage was there. With a muff like that, their guys go for the ball and get out of their lanes. Dawson-Boyd returned a kick against us last week, but, other than that, (the kick coverage) has been good all year.”

Senior Craig Peterson — who came into the game with more than 1,000 yards rushing — added a hard-earned 147 yards in the game.

“He’s a great running back” said Johnston, “Especially with teams keying on him the way they do. He is really something to watch.”

Typical of Peterson’s influence — and Minneota’s approach — was a clock-eating, seven-minute, 17-play drive on the Vikings’ first posession of the third quarter. Following an MCC punt, the Vikings took over at their own 16 and marched methodically down the field. The drive culminated in a two-yard touchdown run by Peterson.

Of the 17 plays, Peterson carried 11 times for 49 of the Vikings 84 yards, gaining four of the five Minneota first downs. The drive not only gave the Vikings a 10-point lead, but it seemed to take a little something out of the Rebel defense.

“With defenses trying to take away what he does best, we’ve just got to keep giving him the ball,” Johnston said. “He doesn’t need much of a hole. We just have to keep running him, and good things will happen. They sure did tonight”

Johnston was also singing the praises of his quarterback, sophomore Sam Dernyck.

“Dernyck played well tonight, made good decisions,” Johnston said. “He had a couple of overthrows, missed a few guys who were open, but he was throwing to the right guy in the right situation.”

MCC found the going tough against a physical Minneota line. The Rebels and their single-wing offense were only able to muster 97 yards on 33 rushing attempts on the night. Minneota racked up a total of 184 yards on the ground, with just 45 rushing attempts.

“They played great defense on us, and we weren’t maintaining our blocks,” Davis said. “Their defensive tackles had a wonderful game. You have to give them credit.”

It’s a short week for both teams due to next weeks MEA break. Both MCC and Minneota play on Wednesday. The Rebels will host Fulda, while the Vikings have a matchup at home with undefeated conference leader TMB.


Minneota 0 12 6 6 — 24

MCC 8 0 0 0 — 8

First quarter

MCC — Paul Counter 37 pass from Kyle DeLong (Jeremy Storm run) 2:13

Second quarter

M — Jacob Cheadle 61 punt return (run failed) 4:59

M — Sam Derynck 5 run (pass failed) 1:32

Third quarter

M — Craig Peterson 2 run (kick failed) 1:32

Fourth quarter

M — Peterson 14 pass from Derynck (kick failed) 5:08

Team statistics


First downs 6 14

Total offense 154 233

Rushes-yards 33-97 45-175

Passing yards 57 58

Return yards 77 75

Passes 5-14-0 7-17-0

Punts-average 4-30.8 5-29.2

Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0

Penalties-yards 3-18 0-0

Individual statistics

Rushing leaders: MCC-Blaine Jacobson 11-37, Storm 10-32, DeLong 7-22; M-Peterson 33-147, Tony Noyes 5-21, Derynck 4-8

Passing leaders: MCC-DeLong, 5-14-0, 57 yards; M-Derynck, 7-17-0, 58 yards

Receiving leaders: MCC-Counter 2-37, Mike Tentinger 2-13, Ben Clarke 1-7; M-Cheadle 3-22, Noyes 2-19, Peterson 1-14, Will Kurka 1-3

Tackle leaders: MCC-Jeremy Peterson 10, DeLong 10, Tyler Giese 6, Matt Blomgren 5, Kyle Lewis 5; M-Peterson 10, Allan Noyes 7, Kurka 6, Keith Downing 4

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Anderson Ignites Big Spring New Offense

October 10, 2007
Anderson Ignites Big Spring Offense
Oscar Leroy
Midland Reporter-Telegram

Big Spring running back Monte Anderson and the Steers had Andrews on its heels for most of the game last Friday night.

Anderson rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries to lead the way for the Steers, who had arguably their best all-around game of the season. But unfortunately for Anderson and the Steers, Andrews made a late-game comeback for a 33-29 victory at Big Spring's Memorial Stadium.

But despite the heartbreaking loss, it wasn't enough to diminish Anderson's play as he is this week's Reporter-Telegram Area Player of the Week.

Anderson, a sophomore and second-year varsity player, knows that despite an 0-6 record to begin the season, his Steers have some big games coming up in District 4-4A play, beginning this Friday at home against Plainview. The way Anderson sees it, his team will be heard from before the year is over.

"I feel even though we got off to a slow start, like (head coach Mike Ritchey) says, we're slowly progressing into a well-oiled machine," Anderson said. "Once we develop into that machine, it'll be a different Big Spring team that people will see."

If Big Spring is going to be successful in district play, Anderson will be a key component for the Steers. Last Friday was an example of what kind of impact Anderson could have for his team.

Behind some new formations on offense, Anderson would take a direct snap from center and then take off from there for a rush. On the first scoring drive for Big Spring, Anderson carried 10 times for 69 yards, culminating with a 6-yard touchdown run up the middle to give the Steers an early 7-0 lead. Anderson would then add a 79-yard TD run in the third quarter for a 20-13 advantage.

"Monte played a good game but it doesn't take place without some extremely good blocking up front. That's why he had the number he had," Ritchey said.

Anderson agreed that much of his success came from the work of the boys up front.

"They were giving me some pretty big holes," Anderson said. "That was a big reason why I broke out last week. The offensive line was just giving me holes that were easy to run through."

But Anderson is a pretty talented kid in his own right. After all, there are not too many freshmen who can play at the varsity level and play well like Anderson did last year. Ritchey said that Anderson has not only sub-4.5 speed (in the 40-yard dash) but has great enthusiasm for the game.

"Monte is a great kid, a good student and very much a team player," Ritchey said. "He's got a year under his belt, but more than anything, he likes to play the game of football and that helps him to be successful on the field."

Anderson, who's been playing the sport for eight years, said he likes the physical nature and the energy that's involved in playing the game. Now he hopes to have that passion for the sport translate into some wins in 4-4A play. The play of his team last Friday was a good start for Steers.

"It gives us a lot of confidence with the way we played," Anderson said. "Now we just need to come out and finish a game.

"I think we're going to have a pretty good season in district if we keep improving and play hard."

Other notable performances from last week:

- Not to be outdone by Monte Anderson, Andrews had a pair of outstanding performances in the 33-29 victory over Big Spring. QB Eric Kelton once again shined with 109 yards rushing, 87 yards passing and four rushing touchdowns. RB Michael Reid, who hardly ever comes off the field as he doubles as a starting linebacker, rushed 12 times for 153 yards and the game-winning 49-yard touchdown run with 1:44 left in the game.

- Midland Christian had several players come up big in a 49-0 rout of Cotulla. QB Cory Burleson was 9-of-16 passing for 165 yards and two touchdowns; FB Andrew Howard had 114 yards and one TD on just four carries; WR Jon Hibler had five catches for 82 yards and two TDs; and Hunter Redman had three touchdowns -- one on a 31-yard interception return and two more on the ground.

- Junior QB Donnie Garcia led Coahoma to its first win of the season by going 10 of 17 for 190 yards passing and he accounted for three TDs as the Bulldogs rolled to a 35-13 victory over Anson.

- Rankin senior Garrett Avalos had 80 yards rushing, 95 yards passing and returned two kickoffs for scores in the Red Devils' 62-16 win over Balmorhea.

- McCamey RB Brett Smith had 137 yards and one TD on 18 carries as the Badgers defeated Lee JV 20-6.

- Monahans opened District 1-3A play with a 47-17 win over Pecos as QB Steven Valles was 8-of-10 passing for 180 yards and two TDs.

- Grady's Roy Rodriguez rushed for 144 yards and three TDs as the Wildcats rolled to a 45-0 win over Hermleigh.

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Editors note: Big Spring is apparently running a Single-Wing Offense -- reference Article on 10/9/07 in the Midland Reporter-Telegram. Here's an excerpt from that article: The Steers' early game plan of direct snaps going to running back Monte Anderson was sort of reminiscent of single-wing offenses and using four quarterbacks did a good job of confusing Andrews and it had the Mustangs on their heels.


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Single-Wing Map Update -- We've hit 100!

Single-Wing Map Update!

WOW! As of October 10, 2007 8:oo PM CST, We have 100 coaches that have signed the Single-Wing Coaches Map (guestbook) It's at the bottom of the page.

We're showing that there are Coaches/Teams in 38 states, the District of Cloumbia and 4 other nations.

The States without a coach/team showing are: Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.

The Four countries other than the US are: New Zealand, France, England and Austria.

Have you signed? Is your state represented? If not take a second to sign below!

If you know of a team any of the States not showing a team, let me know.

Thanks goes out to all SW coaches that have signed!


Highland fails to score against Akron

Highland fails to score against Akron

Kelan Donahue
September 29, 2007

Costly penalties and two breakdowns in coverage left the Highland Huskies on the short end as they fell to the surging Akron Rams 39-0 on Friday at home.

Running back Joe McKay was a one-man show for the Rams. The junior caught, ran and returned a kickoff for touchdowns. The man handing him the ball was also more than effective, as senior Jared Reid completed all seven of his passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns. The majority of Reid's yardage came on two of his first three passes which went for 60 or more yards and put the Rams up 14-0 going into halftime.

The Huskies were penalized 11 times for 60 yards in the game, including several penalties on the offensive side that left them with second or third-and-longs that could not be converted and killed drives.

"We move the ball, and then we shoot ourselves in the foot," Huskies' coach Todd Matkin said. "...we probably had 40 yards in false starts."

The bulk of the Huskies' offense came in the first half off of the arm of junior quarterback Damion Fedler, who's ability to move outside the pocket and throw the ball on the run kept their offense alive. Fedler accounted for 94 yards through the air and was 10-of-18 in the first half. However, he saw his completion percentage plummet in the second half as he was throwing into a secondary that was dropping seven and eight people into coverage and still managing to pressure him. Fedler finished the game going 15-35 for 130 yards overall.

Senior Highland running back Austin Kinnison had 10 yards on six rushes to lead a rushing attack that was overmatched by a defense that swarmed the line of scrimmage and got deep into the backfield, hitting Highland's running backs before they crossed the line of scrimmage.

The defense may have allowed 39 points, but Matkins was pleased with their overall performance. They forced five fumbles, recovered three of them (including one recovery after a fourth-and-goal run was stuffed on the Huskies' one-yardline) and picked off a half-back option pass.

"They made them drive the ball, and they didn't have any long, standout runs," Matkins said. "I don't think 39-0 was indicative of the defense."

The loss dropped the Huskies to 1-2 in conference play and 2-3 overall. Their next game is 7 p.m. Friday at home against Wiggins.

AHS 7 7 19 6 -- 39

HHS 0 0 0 0 -- 0

First quarter

AHS -- Joe McKay 63-yard pass from Jared Reid (Duncan Krause kick)

Second quarter

AHS -- Krause 60-yard pass from Reid (Krause kick)

Third quarter

AHS -- McKay 75-yard kickoff return (missed PAT)

AHS -- McKay 2-yard run (Krause kick)

AHS -- Logan Davisson 30-yard run (missed PAT)

Fourth quarter

AHS -- Dalton Jefferson 2-yard (missed PAT)


First downs 8 9

Rushes-yards 24- -20 35-144

Passing 142 194

Comp-Att-Int 16-39-4 7-8-1

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 5-3

Penalties-Yards 11-60 5-25


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Miners shake off upset bid from North Knox

Miners shake off upset bid from North Knox

Friday, September 28, 2007
By Paul Wilcoxen, Sports Editor

BICKNELL -- It is still not the offensive juggernaut that many Miner fans have known and loved over the past few years, but in the end, the Linton-Stockton football team found a way to detract a determined North Knox with a late touchdown and safety, en route to a 8-6 win over the Warriors in Bicknell Friday night at Warrior Field.
"I thought we did good, offensively. We just dropped too many passes," said Linton-Stockton coach Steve Weber. "It's the same story. We were shooting ourselves in the foot, but the second half we woke some kids up.

Linton's defense held the Warriors at bay most of the night -- giving up a second quarter touchdown after an interception deep in Linton's territory -- and finally, in the fourth quarter, the offense cashed in on the solid play from the defensive side with a score with 2:05 remaining in the contest.

Keith Cunningham found Levi Baysinger for seven yards to open the drive, followed by a pair of runs from Cunningham (four) and Ethan Brewer (six) leading to a first down.

After four straight pass plays in which Cunningham went 3 of 4 with receptions by Baysinger (five) Cameron Coleman (21) and Jaron Powell (two), the Miners pounded the ball into the ground, with the drive ending in a touchdown on a 10 yard score from Evan Magni.

The two point conversion failed to tie the score at 6-6 with 2:05 to play.

After a nice kick off from Mickey Tosti to the Warrior one, North Knox was forced into scrambling mode on third down and deep in their territory.

That's where defensive coordinator Mike Hayden decided to send everyone, which caused a fumble by Cameron Cox (North Knox's quarterback) that was recovered by the Warriors for a safety and an 8-6 Miner lead with 1:45 to play.

Linton held the ball until six seconds, but a last ditch hail Mary pass from Cox was broken up, which gave the Miners the win.

"Our defense was outstanding, our special teams was great, but our offense has been struggling," said Weber. "We've just been trying to find an identity as to what we can do.

"We've been a tight, single-wing team. Tonight we went spread and I thought we moved the ball better, but we're still sporadic. We're going to have to get better."

With the Miners trailing at the break, 6-0, after a touchdown by North Knox midway through the second, Linton took over on offense and went to a nice mixture of air and ground attacks to wear out the North Knox defense.

The Warriors, in the second half, had trouble stopping Ethan Brewer, who finished with 64 of his game-high 69 yards in the second half, on 13 carries.

"We saw a better effort out of Ethan Brewer than we have for a while," said Weber. "I think he finally decided that this is what he has to do. He's always had it. I don't know why it took seven weeks to get it out of him, but he had a nice game.

Trailing 6-0, Linton looked to at least be on their way to tying the game in the third quarter, but a fumble on the North Knox eight (after the line of scrimmage was originally the three) cost Linton a shot at the endzone.

That turnover did not stop the Miners from tying the game, as a pair of defensive stops -- both after turnovers from the offense -- finally gave the Miners the football with 7:30 to play in the game.

"Keith Cunningham did a great job calling our offense tonight," credited Weber. "If we would have caught the passes he threw it would have been an almost perfect game for him because he made the right reads almost every time.

"We told him before the game that you were going to throw interceptions and that he needs to just shake those off. We told him to be calm out there because the team was going to read off of (you) if (you) lose it, then the team was going to lose it. I told him don't let it bother him and he did a great job of shaking it off."

The Linton defense did everything they could to keep the Warriors out of the end zone, but a two yard plunge on fourth down by Sam Conrad put North Knox up first, 6-0, after the extra point kick was missed, with 5:29 left in the first half.

"They've got a good defense," said North Knox coach Shawn McDowell. "That was the problem. They've got a good defensive team. I thought we picked and poked around in there. There wasn't anything they were giving us a lot of, but we moved the ball when we needed to.

"We also moved the ball off of turnovers. We had a shot."

The Miners (7-0) will entertain Union next Friday.


Linton. . . . . .0 0 0 8 - 8

North Knox. .0 0 6 0 - 6

Second Quarter

NK -- Sam Conrad, two-yard run (kick failed), 5:29. North Knox 6, Linton 0.

Fourth Quarter

L -- Evan Magni, 10 yard run (run failed), 2:05. Linton 6, North Knox 6.

L -- Safety, North Knox recovers fumble in the endzone, 1:45. Linton 8, North Knox 6.

Team Statistics

Linton -- First downs 14 (11 running, 3 passing); Rushing 36-127; Passing 13-26-4-95; Total yards 222; Fumbles 2 (lost 1); Penalties 2-15.

North Knox -- First downs 4 (3 pass, 1 run); Rushing 29-60; Passing 1-8-0-36; Total yards 96; Fumbles 0; Penalties 3-12.

Individual stats

Rushing (L) Levi Baysinger 1-5, Keith Cunningham 14-36, Ethan Brewer 17-69, Mickey Tosti 4-17; (NK) Blake Horrall 2-3, Josh Reintjes 7-21, Cameron Cox 13-27, Derek Cambers 2-(-1), Sam Conrad 4-12, Jon McKinnon 1-(-2).

Passing -- (L) Keith Cunningham 13-26-4-95; (NK) Cameron Cox 1-8-0-36.

Receiving -- (L) Levi Baysinger 4-26, Jaron Powell 2-13, Evan Magni 2-14, Ethan Brewer 3-17, Jordan Tharp 1-4, Cameron Coleman 1-21; (NK) Sam Conrad 1-36.
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Big Red Single-Wing

Glen Cove 34, West Hempstead 14

Quarterback Ariel Bresky hit Anthony Passalaqua with a 35-yard touchdown pass to put Glen Cove (2-2) ahead 14-7 with 10 minutes left in the second quarter in Conference III on Saturday night.

Bresky rushed for 77 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns and went 7-for-14 for 73 yards and a touchdown. Timmy Maher had 50 yards on eight carries with a touchdown. West Hempstead is 1-3.

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Drifters derail Raiders with Single-Wing

Drifters derail Raiders

Leonard Banks 03.OCT.07

In spite of having several key players out for school-related disciplinary actions, Colonial Beach [2-2] managed to shutout the Rappahannock Raiders [1-4] 36-0. Brandon Foster butchered the Raider defense with three touchdowns, which featured 112 yards on 21 carries.

Fans got a glimpse of the future as sophomores Dylan Farinet and Travis Cundiff showcased their talents. Farinet engineered two scoring drives before being replaced at halftime by backup quarterback, T.T. Carey. Farinet’s speed and ability to read shifting defenses could one day land him the starting quarterback position, at the varsity level.

Cundiff is a gritty, no-nonsense football player who comes to play, rain or sunshine. On defense against the Raiders, his 15-yard interception set up the Drifters’ first score. On offense, the iron man rushed for 21 yards on five carries. Cundiff could very well be the heir-apparent to Foster’s impending graduation to collegiate football.

Another young Drifter who is quickly raising rival eyebrows is Nick Peterson. Peterson had one interception against Rappahannock.

Presently, Farinet and Cundiff are sharpening their skills at the junior varsity level.

Game results:

After Cundiff returned the ball deep into the Raiders’ red-zone, Foster scored from one yard out to give the Drifters the lead. Deshawn Viers scored the two-point conversion, making the score 8-0.

On the ensuing Drifter possession, Foster completed the final scoring in the first quarter, as he capped off a 44-yard scoring drive with a 12-yard score, making the score 14-0.

In the second half, Carey returned in the quarterback position to complete a 30-yard scoring drive. Eluding Raider tacklers, he rumbled through the Raiders defense for a 13-yard score.

Ahead by 22 points, the Drifters suffocated the Raiders’ one-man offense [Timothy Banks]. In fact, the Raiders finished the night with a total of 90-yards of offense.

After a key interception by Nick Peterson and a blocked punt by Tim Wilson, the Drifters capitalized on a tired Raider defense.

After Foster scored from one yard out, making the score 28-0, Cundiff completed the Drifters scoring as he bolted through the Raiders’ defense for a 20-yard score.

In spite of a lackluster offense that often times sputtered, the Raiders had strong performances from running backs Timothy Banks and Roger Jones. Banks and Jones played key roles on defense in stopping several potential scoring drives that would have put the game out of reach in the early stages of the first half.

This Friday, the Drifters will have their hands full when they travel to play Franklin High School [4-0]. After a tough loss for the Tri-Rivers District championship, the Broncos finished with a record of 7-4 for the 2006 season. Also on Friday, Rappahannock will host Mathews.

In a show of support, the Drifter varsity coaching staff is asking Drifter fans to wear black Drifter athletic apparel to symbolize a black-out of the Broncos. Long-sleeve Drifter football shirts will be on sale at Colonial Beach High School, on Wednesday October 3.


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Single-Wing James Monroe Mavericks Roll

Mavericks roll over Raiders

By RANDALL JETT of The Register-Herald

LINDSIDE — Liberty coach Jeff Alexander proved himself as a prophet when he stated earlier this week that his team would need to play mistake-free football to hang with James Monroe.

The Raiders didn’t, and Class AA No. 3 James Monroe rolled to a 40-0 homecoming victory Friday night.

“We made mistakes and they didn’t,” Alexander said. “Like I said, this is a team that you can’t make mistakes against. We had some opportunities and we turned the ball over, and penalties. That was our Achilles’ tendon, plain and simple. You just can’t make mistakes against a team like this. They’re too good.”

Despite the win, James Monroe coach David Witt wasn’t happy with the performance of his team’s offense.

“I guess you could say (it was a dominating performance) looking at the scoreboard,” Witt said. “We’re not exactly pleased with the way we played the first half, to be frank. Particularly, offensively. We made some mistakes on offense that we didn’t want to make. Those are things we have to correct, but overall, I guess you could say it was a pretty good ballgame for us.”

The Mavericks jumped on Liberty early, taking the opening kick-off and marching 51 yards on 11 plays.

Nick Kisiel, who rumbled for 127 yards and three scores, put the ball in the end zone from one yard away with 6:38 remaining in the first quarter.

Daniel Pritt would pick off an Austin Wright pass on Liberty’s first possession to set up the Mavericks’ next score.

Taylor Robertson would cap the ensuing scoring drive with a seven-yard run with 30 seconds left in the first period for a 14-0 advantage.

Lee Triplett would follow that score with a 38-yard interception return on the Raiders next possession. Wright’s pass would bounce off the hands of a Liberty receiver and into the waiting arms of Triplett, who raced down the right sideline to paydirt.

Kisiel would add scoring runs of eight and seven yards before heading to the bench early in the fourth quarter.

“Kisiel is a pretty hard runner in there,” Witt said. “He’s got some power and at the same time, he’s kinda a little bit shaky. He doesn’t really make you miss him clean but he does a good job of bouncing off tackles. You’ve got to really come and tackle him or he’s going to get some extra yards.”

John Ballengee would cap the scoring for the Mavs with a 25-yard run with 11:06 remaining.

Liberty was held to just 58 yards rushing and 29 yards through the air by the Mavericks’ defense.

James Monroe is idle next week, while Liberty hosts Independence.

At H.E. Comer Jr. Sports Complex

First Quarter

JM–Nick Kisiel 1 run (Logan Ray kick) 6:38

JM–Taylor Robertson 7 run (Ray kick) 0:30

Second Quarter

JM–Lee Triplett 38 interception return (kick failed) 9:18

JM–Kisiel 8 run (Ray kick) 6:31

Third Quarter

JM–Kisiel 7 run (Ray kick) 2:52

Fourth Quarter

JM–John Ballengee 25 run (kick failed) 11:06



RUSHING — L: Nick Hylton 9-18, Jamie Newman 5-40, Dominick Cangemi 1-0, Austin Wright 3-0. JM: Robertson 16-78-1, Kisiel 23-127-3, Ernie Tincher 4-36, John Ballengee 5-38-1, Tanner Beasley 6-11, Josh White 1-2, Jackson Mohler 7-8.

PASSING — L: Wright 5-14-2-29-0. JM: Robertson 0-1-0-0-0.

RECEIVING — L: Adam Ellis 1-13, Michael Muovich 1-8, Justin Breton 1-2,

Newman 1-7, Hylton 1-(-1). JM: none.

TURNOVERS — L: none. JM: Daniel Pritt (int.), Triplett (int.).


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Single-Wing Coach / Team Map Update

As of October 10, 2007 12:oo Noon CST

We have 91 coaches that have signed the Single-Wing Coaches Map
(see the bottom of this page)

We're showing that there are Coaches/Teams in 35 states, the District of Cloumbia and 4 other nations.

The States without a coach/team showing are:
Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming

The Four countries other than the US are: New Zealand, France, England, Austria

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Let's make it to 100 Coaches!

Titusville: Mid-Season Video Review

Oct. 10. 2007

Titusville Terriers: Mid-Season Video Review
Dan Spain
Single-Wing Sentinel

Just past the mid-way point of the 2007 season the Terriers are 5-1. Titusville has already matched their total wins in 2006.

Lets look at the first half of the terriors year:

Week 1:
Space Coast
At: Space Coast High School
W 41 - 16

Week 2:
Home: Al Werneke Field
W 50 - 13

Week 3:
Home: Al Werneke Field
W 19 - 14

Week 4:
New Smyrna Beach
At: New Smyrna Beach High School
W 38 - 13


Week 5:
Home: Al Werneke Field
W 28 - 25

Video not avaiable


Week 6:
Home: Al Werneke Field
L 3 - 42

Congratulations to Coach Bobby Gutherie and his Terriers on the start of a great season!
Go Blue!

Video provided by: WFTV, 490 E. South Street, Orlando, FL 32801

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Pistol is a lot like the old single-wing

Pistol is a lot like the old single-wing

HE'S hiding back there, that pistol back. Crouched behind the quarterback, trying to avoid detection. Disguising his intention. Refusing to tip his direction. Oh, he's back there. You can barely see him, but you know.

And it isn't such a secret, when you think about it. You know where he's headed, on this next play.

He's running straight at you.

SOLOMON ELIMIMIAN STUDIES these things. Of course he does, he studies everything. On the Hawaii defense, he's the brain.

When he was out injured, he was up in the press box, scouting offensive formations. Calling out substitutions.

He's the inside linebacker, he makes the calls. He lines up across from the quarterback. He watches everything coming his way.

Oh, he studies everything.

"You can see him," he says of Nevada's pistol back, crouched hidden behind the quarterback. "As linemen, you've got to get a feel for ... you see the holes. As a linebacker, you see the holes."

You see them opening. His job is to run into the madness, and slam those holes shut.

THERE ARE NO secrets in football, no grand innovations, not really, not any more. Nothing new. Receivers adjusting their routes while reading coverage on the fly? Vince Lombardi did that.

Football's been around for more than 100 years. Got a great idea? Chances are, someone's already tried it once.

Nevada's pistol offense is simply something old that's new again.

That's the nice way of saying it.

"The whole pistol thing is a joke. That's a little fancy name for an offense," Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter said the week of his own Sept. 9 Nevada game. "The name pistol means nothing. They aren't getting any yardage by calling it the pistol."

He wasn't railing against the effectiveness of the offense, just the idea that the name itself made it anything new.

Nevada coach Chris Ault's innovation was brilliant, of course. But in football, if you have a good idea, chances are, someone's already tried it at least once.

The short shotgun snap. The power-running principles. Ault's new pistol was using a lot of the same properties of that ancient power offense, the single-wing. That once mighty dinosaur, extinct for years now, is stomping the Earth again.

"This is the only team that runs a pistol offense that I know of," Elimimian says. "And they run it pretty special, you know."

Yes. It's a brilliant innovation, bringing back these old ideas. You can say what you want, but here is the thing: Someone first thought of it years ago for a reason. The single-wing worked.

HE'S BACK THERE, that pistol back, crouched, hiding, ready to strike.

You can barely see him, but you know he's there. Here he comes. The angles. The timing. The sharp, short snap.

"They use the shotgun different," Elimimian says. "UH, we use the shotgun to give the quarterback more time to throw the ball. Most teams use the shotgun for throwing purposes. Their pistol shotgun is more so for running the ball. And giving their running back a better angle, coming downhill."

It's the second time he's said this. This is the offense. "Running downhill":

"For them it's more angles I guess, coming more downhill. Giving them more time to charge up, I guess."

"Charging up." The power-running game. The hole slamming shut. A collision coming, like something off of "Animal Planet." National Geographic.

Two dinosaurs, stomping the Earth.

Oh, there are counters off of this, and misdirection and play-action and boots. But all of that only works if this does: The pistol is based on that charge-up, that collision, on that short snap, and running downhill.

It's brilliant.

It always was.

There are no secrets in football, not really. Nothing new. Solomon Elimimian knows this. He studies, and this is what he sees:

He's back there, that pistol back. You can hardly see him, but you know. He refuses to tip his direction, but you know his intention.

"Coach is stressing that," Elimimian says. "Hit, and run the ball. You know, their objective is to hit the linebacker one on one. Three yards, contact, and them drag them for three. That's what their objective is, and they think they can drag us for extra, 6 yards. So we've got to hit on contact, and drive on 'em."

He's running straight at you. Here he comes.

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Gators roll to road win

Posted on Sat, Oct. 06, 2007

Gators roll to road win



The No.4-ranked Glenwood Gators had their best performance on the road this season as the Gators shut out No. 5 Fort Dale Academy on Friday, 28-0.

Cody Dykes was the spark for the Glenwood offense in the first half, running for two touchdowns to stake Glenwood to a 14-0 lead. Dykes' first score was for 54 yards. He also added a 1-yard plunge in the second quarter. Dykes finished with 80 yards on 10 runs.

Marcus Woods was the leading rusher for the Gators (6-1). He totaled 108 total yards on 16 carries, including a third-quarter touchdown. Overall, the Gators offense rolled up 281 total yards, with 249 of those coming on the ground.

The Gators defense finished off the night as Maurice Crawford, Glenwood's 6-foot-2 245-pound tackle, picked up a fumble and ran it in 54 yards for the final touchdown.

Fort Dale dropped to 5-2 with the loss.

The Gators return home Oct. 12 against Edgewood Academy in a Region 2 Alabama Independent Schools Association AAA contest.

Friday at Fort Dale Glenwood 77140--28 Fort Dale 0000--0 First Quarter

G--Cody Dykes 54 run (Austin Allison kick), 6:45

Second Quarter

G--Dykes 1 run (Allison kick), 6:06

Third Quarter

G--Marcus Woods 44 run (Allison kick), 5:51

G--Maurice Crawford 54 fumble recovery return (Allison kick), 4:48.


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Game worthy of rivalry

Oct. 9, 2007:
Big Spring, Andrews play game worthy of rivalry
Oscar Leroy
Midland Reporter-Telegram
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I admit I've never favored these long, drawn out non-district schedules. After all, non-district games don't mean a thing when it comes to determining who gets in the playoffs, and they're just another opportunity to have star players get hurt before the meaningful district games ahead.

But then there's the exception. Regardless that Big Spring and Andrews are no longer district rivals, these two proud programs should always play each other, even though only bragging rights are involved.

Last Friday night at Big Spring's Memorial Stadium, Permian Basin fans were treated to a great game by the two longtime rivals as the contest featured outstanding individual performances and a late-game comeback by Andrews for a 33-29 victory.

Andrews has to be a team of destiny after overcoming late-game deficits of 26-13 and 29-19 and pull this one out by scoring 14 points in 13 seconds. The final score came after a perfectly executed onside kick. The ball bounced near midfield, went over a group of Steers and into the hands of a diving David Criswell to give the Mustangs the ball back with less than 2 minutes remaining. Two plays later, Andrews running back Michael Reid scored the game-winner with a 49-yard run.

Big Spring still had a chance with 1:44 remaining in the game, but a second interception by Corey Lee at the Andrews 33-yard line with 1:23 left sealed the victory for the Mustangs.

Friday was a perfect example of how much the 6-0 Mustangs have grown over the last year. Last year if the Mustangs faced a similar deficit late in a game, I'm not so sure they would have responded the same way. But these Mustangs are a year older and wiser, and that experience is paying dividends this season.

Big Spring, which fell to a frustrating 0-6, is still in that learning stage of a young football team. Some of the Steers may have had previous varsity experience but one year is not the same as having two to three years under their belts.

Still, this was a game in which the Steers had to perform well in to have some sort of a confidence boost going into District 4-4A play this week. The Steers' early game plan of direct snaps going to running back Monte Anderson was sort of reminiscent of single-wing offenses and using four quarterbacks did a good job of confusing Andrews and it had the Mustangs on their heels.

"They totally caught us off guard," said Andrews coach Blaine Springston about the Steers' early offensive formations. "They had us. We were out of position and our kids played very passive on defense because they were unsure of what to do. Not only had we not seen (Big Spring) do it, but we hadn't see that type of offense.

"But I tip my hat off to Big Spring. They did what they had to do to try to win the ballgame."

Now the goal for Big Spring head coach Mike Ritchey is to have his team learn to close out games. They at least got their offense going in the right direction as the 29 points was the most the Steers had scored in a single game this year. The previous high was 14.

As exciting as last week's game was, this Friday's home contest against Plainview (0-6) is the biggest game of the year for the Steers because it is the 4-4A opener. Now I know most coaches don't like to talk about must-wins this early but the loser of this game will have a major hill to climb in qualifying for the playoffs.

Wolfforth Frenship (4-2) hasn't set the world on fire this season but the Tigers are still the hands-down favorite to win this district because of their talent-ladened roster. And then there's San Angelo Lake View (2-4) and Lubbock Estacado (1-4). While both have been the cellar dwellers of this district the past couple of years, both have improved, so getting a win against either team won't be that easy.

So cheer up Steers. Even though you may have started 0-6 on the season, win at least two games in this district and you'll end up in the playoffs. And who knows? A break here or there and you could be making a long run in the postseason and a winless start in non-district play will be a distant memory. Just ask Andrews, who was in the same position last year but ended up going three rounds deep in the Class 3A Division I playoffs.

Midland Reporter-Telegram201 E. Illinois AvenueMidland, Texas 79701

Monday, October 8, 2007

First and 10 with Dave Cisar


Dave Cisar is considered the “Coach’s Coach”. He has spent endless hours helping, teaching and coaching others coaches on how to be successful. All this while coaching his teams to a 62 & 5 record. In the same accommodating, helpful attitude, Dave took some of his valuable time, during mid-season, to complete this interview.

10 Questions with Dave Cisar

Single Wing Sentinel: What drew you into coaching?

Dave Cisar: When I was growing up, the game taught me lessons that I used later in life in school and business. Had the game and coaching not been there and those lessons not been taught, I doubt that I would have enjoyed the success I did in those other areas.

I also attended several youth football games in various leagues in the area in the years prior to getting involved. It was appalling to see so many poorly coached teams and the lack of fundamental skills as well as lack of quality sportsmanship from so many of the coaching staffs. I knew many of these kids were either going to quit playing the game or never learn the same things from the game that I did.

SWS: Tell me about your first year as a coach. What were the results?

DC: A friend of mine had a son playing and invited me to assistant coach with him on an expansion team of all rookie players age 8-10. I was coaching the offensive and defensive backs on a staff of 5. I had very little input on the schemes or priorities, but that was fine, because I didn’t have the experience or knowledge to make it work that first season. Most expansion teams of all rookie players lost every game their first year, we won 3.
The following year I was made head coach of that team and we went 11-0.

SWS: Why and how did you start using the “Single-Wing”? What have been the results?

DC: When I started my own program in inner-city Omaha in 1998, the Screaming Eagles. We had multiple teams in every age group and always coached one or two teams myself. We were playing in the best league in the state. This highly competitive league had teams in it that had won countless “Unlimited Select” National Championships in Daytona Florida .

This was an unlimited weight league with “running back” weights. Many of the teams selected their teams from over 200 kids, the remainder get put on “B” squads. Players like Eric Crouch and Dave Rimington played in our league the best of the best.

We just could not compete running our base “I” formation option football and be competitive in this league. Nearly every team was much bigger and in most cases faster than us as well. We had to make a change as our teams were not very successful in those early years. We needed a system that would allow us to compete with fewer kids, smaller kids and less athletic kids.

My first year running it was an age 8-10 team of misfits that no one gave a chance to do very well. We had just one player over 100 lbs. We went 11-0 and averaged over 30 points a game. The next year I took a “Select” age 8-10 team and we went 11-0 and averaged about 40 points a game. My first 6 Single Wing teams went 62-2 in 5 different leagues, with a different team every year but one.

SWS: Why would a coach use the single-wing?

DC: The way we run it, it gives teams that do not have size or numbers a chance to compete. We always have numbers advantages at the point of attack with double team blocks and easy blocking angles. We pull linemen too, so that gives us extra muscle at the point or attack and is fun for the kids as well.

The Single Wing is a team offense, one that involves all the kids and does not rely on one stud player to carry the team. Last year I had 12 different kids score touchdowns and my leading rusher has come from 3 of the 4 different backfield positions in the last 5 seasons. Unlike many offenses, you do not need a stud to carry the team at certain positions.

It’s deception, power and just fun for the kids and it wins games. Our studies show teams that consistently lose, lose players. It is the single biggest reason kids quit playing youth football, because their teams are losing by big margins every week. The Single Wing helps us retain players.

SWS: How would you describe your style of coaching?

DC: I’m very well organized and I pay attention to details, sort of a perfectionist. My goal in coaching is to get our team and players to play to their God given potential, whatever that may be. So in essence we are playing against ourselves, not the opponent. I’ve had teams that played terrible and won 34-6 and I’ve had teams play great and lost 22-14. It’s about playing to potential, the wins and losses will take care of themselves.

I’m also there for the other team. I care about those kids too, no need to embarrass others or turn anyone away from the great game of football.

SWS: What are the hardest parts of coaching?

DC: Getting players, coaches and parents to buy-in to playing to maximum potential. Playing poorly or less than what you are capable and still winning is not a win in my book. Conversely playing well and to potential and losing is not a loss in my book either.

Having to step away from the Omaha program was difficult, but since we are 90 miles away we had no choice. Unfortunately without me holding the coaches responsible for following the system, those following it have done very well, those that have not as expected have done poorly. As expected, the numbers are down up there. Up until 2004 when I was there all the time, our teams dominated.

SWS: What is your philosophy about coaching?

DC: Play to potential, play to win, coach all the kids and play all the kids. Reward the kids that are listening and working hard with more playing time, but find a time and place in the game for all the kids to play.

Be perfect with an integrated scheme that fits the grouping of kids you get each year. Teach rock solid fundamental football and don’t waste practice time with things that have little if anything to do with football like cals, agilities or conditioning.

Delegate to assistant coaches, duties they can handle. Coach up the coaches and give them tools like detailed parameters and decision trees to make their job one they can have success with.
Have fun accomplishing your goals by being creative, you can often accomplish your goals much easier if you are having fun. Be a role model, you are one if you are coaching youth football. Be beyond reproach and practice “overt” over the top sportsmanship that you can be proud of 10 years after you hang up your whistle.

SWS: I know that you have completed a study on successful and consistently poor youth football programs across the country – what were some of the things you learned from this research?

DC: That could have been a book on it’s own. It was a gut wrenching exercise in many ways, to see such poor coaching and seeing hundreds of kids getting turned off from football. From my business career I’ve always been able to learn what not to do from those at the bottom, the same was the case in youth football.

What I saw literally made me sick to my stomach. The consistent things I saw from the perennial losing programs: poorly organized practices, slow pace, lots of wasted time, lots of mindless non-football agility drills, lots of conditioning, lots of calisthenics, lots of full scrimmaging, lots of different football plays formations and stunts and lots of yelling. What I didn’t see was: solid progression taught fundamentals, attention on WHO to block, precision perfect football plays or any kind of integrated offensive or defensive schemes.

SWS: You wrote the highly acclaimed book “Winning Youth Football”, why?

DC: My own program in Omaha expanded to over 400 kids and I needed a way to teach 70 plus new coaches every year how to coach youth football. The information was available to our coaches in a binder format along with the coaching clinics I did for them.

It was my attempt at helping coaches help kids. Poorly coached teams drive kids away from the game and if kids are not playing, they can’t learn the great lessons the game teaches us about perseverance, dedication, hard work, team work and compassion. It was basically a step by step recipe book for coaching a successful team and showing you how to have fun while doing it.

I had sent out over 100 copies of the binder free to coaches on the internet coaching forums when finally my wife said, no more, it was costing us a bundle. When I let coaches know I couldn’t afford to send it out anymore, several offered to buy it along with my season games and my Single Wing Coaches Clinic Instructional DVD.

How we set the price that first sale was by asking the buyer how much he thought is was worth, and that was how we started. My wife didn’t have any problem with that formula and we were “in business”. The binder was then put into a more readable friendly book format and we added a DVD on Practice Management and Game Day Management as well.

We get a lot of personal satisfaction from all the e-mails from coaches that have turned their losing programs around by using the system. We usually get at least a dozen or so phone calls every weekend from guys leaving messages about their latest win. Some of the messages are kind of fun to listen to, the excited breathless pride in the voices etc My wife and I really enjoy listening to those calls together.

SWS: How can “Winning Youth Football” help a new or a seasoned coach?

DC: It is really a “Recipe” as David Dimmond calls it for successful youth football coaching. It is a step by step detailed plan that walks you through coaching a youth football team. It includes all the drills we do, why we do them and walks you through them in painstaking detail with picture and diagrams, along with detailed daily practice plans. It isn’t fluffy theory or stuff written bay someone that coached 15 years ago or has never coached youth football, it’s something that is current, it works today. Of course it includes our Single Wing Playbook, blocking schemes and adjustments as well as our defensive and special teams schemes. The book includes how to manage your parents, scout, strategically sub, make game day adjustments, how to select players for positions as well as how to manage your coaches and make the experience fun for the kids. For the experienced coach it is maybe a much different approach to the game that maybe you have not considered or even seen.

In 266 pages it takes you through what it took me 15 years to learn by trial, error and research. My thanks to all of those who have helped me with this effort including all the veteran Single Wing Coaches on the Todd Bross forum.

Dave has a passion for developing youth coaches. Dave ’s book “Winning Youth Football a Step by Step Plan” and his system has help teams get better. It has helped slower teams complete with the speed of its opponent by allowing them to pound the ball and control the clock. The Single-Wing has helped average teams to finally make it to the play-offs, and turned good teams into Champions. His book has helped coaches develop teams that are competitive and well organized, while having fun and retaining players.