I get e-mails all the time from 8 man teams that want to know how my offense would be modified to fit into the 8 man game. I rarely try and offer advice on subjects that I have not had hands on in-depth experience with. If I haven’t experienced the subject in-depth and actually had to deal with it in real life, how much credibility do I really have? Many people don’t adhere to that philosophy, maybe that’s a “me” problem.
A number of these 8 man coaches went forward with my offensive system and did quite well. The most common alingment was to go with a balanced 5 man line and eliminating the fullback or 2 back. This meant these teams had to run the “Mouse” series instead of the full spin and would run blocking back wedges rather than fullback wedges. They would pull the backside guard rather than playside guard on the plays that require pulling. Other than that they were for the most part able to run the entire playbook. I found invariably that nearly all these teams ended up making nearly the same adjustments to the system and did quite well.
One team in fact won a National Championship with it, here is their story:
National Championship 8 Man Team
Happy New Year Dave:
I bought your system last spring because I knew in order for us to be competitive we had to do something “different.”
We are a little unique in that we are an 8-man football team in Alabama. We did a little adapting and used the wing back and blocking back interchangeably and ran your version of the Single Wing. When the kids bought into the system, we had great success.
Our record was 10-1. We scored 54 TD’s, averaged 45 points per game, and 400 yards rushing per game. We had 14 players carry the ball on a team made up of 23 players. To make an understatement, we were all pleasantly surprised. To top things off, we played in the National Asscociation of Christian Athletes National Championship tournament and won the whole “enchilada.” We beat a team that had not lost a game in over 2 years in an overtime thriller.
Freedom Academy defeated the defending champs, Harvester, 28-26 in overtime in one of the best finals ever at NACA.
Thanks Dave for all your efforts and hard work.
May God bless you.
Congrats coach Trey and to your team for a great season.
For 200 free youth football coaching tips or to sign up for Dave’s free Youth Football Tips newsletter please go to:
Youth Football Plays Copyright 2007 Cisar Management. Republishing this article is allowed if this paragraph and links are incliuded.