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California High School's Offensive Scheme Adds Randomness to Football

With an undermanned squad, Piedmont High School's coaches got creative to beat bigger rivals

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This is now a "speed option," says Humphries--a quick-hitting play. The offense does a short snap and the two quarterbacks run at the triangle marked with the E, where the defensive player has to make a decision which one to try to tackle.....[ More ]

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This play is "utter mayhem," as Humphries describes it. This is a fly option where the player marked X "flies" back behind the quarterback (1). The quarterback can hand off to the other quarterback (marked 2) or keep it and run right or--a third option--pitch it to X.....[ More ]

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With four players lined up on the left side of the field, Piedmont occupies the defense and leaves a lot of open field space on the right to run the option into.....[ More ]

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Another strength of the A-11 is the ability to use multiple formations to run the same plays--such as the option, in which the quarterback can pitch the ball or tuck it and run. The A-11 has 10 different flavors of option; we show you three of them in the next slides.....[ More ]

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Once again Piedmont uses motion to the right, creating a void in the middle of the field where A can run deep for, as Humphries calls it, "a home run passing play." If A is covered, the passer can hit the next man crossing into the void A creates--also in the middle of the field, but shorter.....[ More ]

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In this play, Piedmont staggers the quarterbacks and snaps the ball to the quarterback on the right. Player B comes over to block along the left side of the line. "This is a classic trap concept," says Humphries.....[ More ]

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Here, players R and E are ineligible. Piedmont splits them off from the line to, as offensive coordinator Steve Humphries says, "create additional safe zones on the field for the quarterback." The team then uses motion to the right to get a man advantage on the right side of the field.....[ More ]

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In the A-11 offense, teams can use a single formation with two quarterbacks side by side and employ motion to attack different areas of the field. In this photo the player wearing number 11 is headed toward the line of scrimmage to block.....[ More ]

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