In the last game of the season my 7-8th Grade team beat a very solid and huge Double Wing team 30-12 in a game we dominated from the start. We were ahead 24-0 early in the second quarter in an extra game we lined up with an inner-city team with very good size and speed from Omaha from a different league.
We were able to get 13 different kids the ball because we dominated. This Double Wing team ran the usually Wyatt/Markham off tackle toss with both G&T pulling, wedge, counter, xx reverse, trap, sweep and a couple of passes. They didn’t get a first down in the first half and got just 2 in the game. They scored on a 55 yard QB scramble with 4 seconds left to go in the first quarter and on 60 yard pass play against our backups.
This team ran their base offense for almost the entire game and while they were in the Double Wing they rushed for negative yards. We used our base defense with a handful of nuances and techniques we installed in our Thursday practice. On offense we scored on every possession with the first team on spinner 32, rocket 28, 18 and spinner 26 pass. 16 nasty tunnel, and Burst 26 G were our big plays and we ran more 43s and Burst 43 Gs than normal.
I was very pleased with my kids, finishing 9-1 and losing to the league Champion by 26-14 ( they won the title game 26-0) in a game we had 4 turnovers and had 4 starters out including our starting Quarterback, Blocking Back, Linebacker and both starting Corners. While we were outplayed we weren’t quite at our best, as our leading rusher had an after game temp of 101.5 etc This team was the smallest team in the league and the smallest I have every seen at this age group. Our starters from tight end to tight end were: 115, 118, 120, 138, 212, 120, 115 and our backups were even smaller, just a single striped player on the team and just 2 players over 140 pounds. My 5th-6th grade team was bigger than this squad.
Due to the flu and injury bug we started a new lineup nearly every week. This forced us to not only cross train lots of players but also coach up everyone we had, even more than our very aggressive norm. This brought our team closer together and made them true believers. Before the season I had slotted this team at 3-6 to 6-4, one of the few times I’ve been wrong on a team potential.
Unfortunately we couldn’t find any other takers for extra games for our younger teams and ended up a combined 24-4 for the season. Come back for more posts in the coming weeks detailing the many new lessons we learned from our 14th season using this system.