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A "Lead" to a 5.6 Yard Average on the Ground.

Trial offer: Two plays with 43 different looks

KELLENBERG MEMORIAL H.S. won the Long Island (NY) Catholic H.S. "A" Championship last year with a wide open passing attack and a flexible running game executed from multiple formations, that included an empty backfield with the QB as the ball-carrier.

Our "Lead Concept," wherein the backside guard pulls playside, enabled us to run plays from all kinds of multiple formations and looks. For example, our "36" and "35" Lead Plays could be run out of 43 looks (via formations, shifting, motioning, etc.).

The "Lead Concept" was conceived about three years ago. It did four things for our ground game:

1. Gave us a double-team on the DT at the point of attack.

2. Gave us excellent blocking angles.

3. Put our best athletes -- fullback, tailback, guards, tight end and ball carrier at the point of attack.

4. Matched us up evenly whenever we ran weak-side against an even family defense, giving us five offensive players to the defense's two linemen and two linebackers.

In our play calling, we like to give the specifics to each player. Even though our calls tend to be wordy, we have not had any confusion. We use three terms to provide variations.

The first term is "Lead." As we have already mentioned, it has the backside guard pull play-side to lead the tailback into the hole. In play "36 Lead," the back-side guard will lead the 3 back (TB) into the 6 hole.

Note: We also have a "26 (FB) Lead" and a "16 (QB) Lead" play.

The next two terms are "BOB" and "BOE," which affect the FB and the Y end (TE). The calls have them switch assignments.

A "BOB" call (Back on Backer) tells the TE to block the DE and the FB to block the ILB. Check Diag. 1.

The "BOE" call (Back on End) tells the FB to block the DE playside, while the TE blocks the ILB. Check Diag. 2.

Our first basic play taught within the "Lead Concept" is "36 BOB Lead." As shown in Diag. 3, the assignments are as follows:

Center -- downblock for the pulling guard.

Tight Guard -- double-team with the Tight Tackle

Tight Tackle -- down-block to create the double-team with the Tight Guard, widening the hole. Push the DT off the ball, creating the "trash" for the backside inside LB to get through.

Tight End -- split about 3-4 yards and stop with outside foot at DE. If you feel him knife inside, drive him out to widen the hole. If he rushes or boxes up field, ride him up the field and out of the play.

Split Guard -- take a 12-inch split with toes at center's heels, and pull straight down the line, looking for the FB's tail. Come right off it, angling into the line and sealing the outside LB inside-out.

Split Tackle -- bump the DE and try to get a piece of the offside OLB. (We do not fully block the DE because he is our bootleg key.)

Fullback -- place heels at 3 yards, straddling the Tight Tackle's inside leg. "Iso" or "BOB" block the ILB, aiming for his outside shoulder. Note: A stalemate isn't good enough, it's like missing the block. The FB must create a collision and drive the LB out of the hole or drive him inside toward the center.

QB -- open to 11 o'clock and execute a "Freeze" handoff. Belly the ball until you pivot, then extend arms to lock-out position, placing the ball into the running back's basket. Then carry out a bootleg fake to slow the DE.

Tailback -- take an angled course to the 6 hole and run right down the middle of the alley created by the angled blocking. You must get on to the guard's inside hip.

The one thing we do not do is block the offside ILB. We are counting on the ILE to get caught in the trash or the push by the double-team on the 3 technique and the "BOB" block by the FB. We have not had a major problem with the offside ILB yet.

The one fact to keep in mind is that the "BOE" play is the same as the "BOB" play, except for the assignments of the FB and TE. You want to make the change to the "36 BOE Lead" in these cases:

1. If you feel the DE is boxing or containing up field.

2. If the ILB is wining the battle with your FB, the TE down-block will give the offense a better angle on him.

3. If the DE is non-aggressive and not knifing inside, or...

4. To set up our "Lead" bootleg pass.

In "36 BOE Lead," all the assignments remain the same as in "BOB Lead," except for the TE and the FB switching assignments, as shown in Diag. 2. The TE must be coached to step with his outside foot, punch the DE with his open hand, then angle up to the ILB.

If the TE does not do this, the DE is likely to pinch the tail of the TE's down-block and create a problem for our FB, pulling guard, and TB (Diag. 4).

Running weak with the "Lead Concept" gives us a bigger advantage because we are evening the odds vs. the mismatch we will see when facing an even front family.

The double-team, however, will be with the center and split guard, while the tight guard will be leading and the right tackle will be reach-blocking the 3 technique.

The "BOE" and the "BOB" call to the weakside will now affect the split tackle and FB. A "BOB" call tells the split tackle to block the DE, and a "BOE" call tells the split tackle to block the ILB, while the FB creates the kickout block on the DE.

As you can see in Diag. 5, we again created good angles and a natural running lane for our TB when we ran weak. Once we established the "Lead" run, we also had great success with a bootleg pass. Check "Orange Right 36 Boot Pass" in Diag. 6.

This pass looks exactly like the "BOE" run to the strongside -- everything from the TE to the IL to the double-team and the backside pull.

The TE will run what we call a shallow route, leveling out over the ILB selling the miss of his block.

Our Z receiver (flanker) will skinny his split and run a 15-yard dig route, while our X receiver will open the zone with a go route.

The QB will fake the handoff to the TB, snap his head and go to his progression of playing pitch and catch with the Y end off of the flat defender in Cover 3 or hitting his X receiver before the safety help comes over the top in Cover 2.

The QB's first instinct and his basic teaching will be to run the ball. This won't be a tough decision.
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Title Annotation:high school football
Author:Begley, James J.
Publication:Coach and Athletic Director
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2001
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