The Spinner Direct-Snap Double Wing

Originally Published: July 18, 2011
Author: Jeff Cziska

Since my first year of coaching in 1990, I have experienced many ups and downs along the way. *I’ve only coached 9-1/2 seasons over the past two decades. The other years away from coaching were mainly due to health related issues, but I did get the opportunity to play some college ball in 1994 and 1995. Despite not being on the field as much as I would have liked, I have scouted five seasons for some of the coaches I have befriended along the way. I’ve also done some consulting. Although football is a huge part of my life, I honestly believe that my own personal challenges have given me the perspective to see what I value most: Christ, family, and finally football. A day does not pass in which I am not working on something football related; all of the spare time has brought about some interesting ideas. I’ve been lucky enough to use these ideas myself or find someone willing to try them out.

In 2004 we implemented the Double Wing at Southeastern Regional Voc-Tech (South Easton, MA). It was a special year as the season was dedicated to Hawk football player Jason Farwell. Jason passed away in July after a lengthy battle with leukemia. He was our 12th player on the field. Head Coach Ned Scaduto did an amazing job that season as he was able to shelter a team in crisis all while running a new offensive system. We began the season a disappointing 0-4-1, but our players never quit, just as Jason never did. By the end of the season, we had accomplished something that no sports team in our school’s history had ever done. We were crowned the Division IV Eastern Massachusetts Super Bowl Champions. A year later we defended our title using the Wildcat in conjunction with our base Double Wing. Sophomore fullback A.J. Goucher was named Most Valuable Player. The Wildcat was working so well that during the game radio announcers rarely knew who had the ball. I cannot imagine what it must have been like for our opponent. Our opening drive chewed up all but :51 of the first quarter. Our opponent ran just five plays in the first half.

The Spinner came about after running Hugh Wyatt’s Wildcat in 2005 and coming across the Spin the Cat page. I would highly recommend this page to any coach as there are some hidden gems there. The next season was a time of dramatic change for us. Our Offensive Coordinator John Sawyer stepped down to work on his Master’s Degree, and the offensive reins were handed to me. I was confronted with the daunting task of trying to maintain the success we had enjoyed over the past two seasons, while dealing with the graduation of 6 of 7 starters on the offensive line and both wingbacks (one that was named the Division IV Player of the Year). We stormed out of the gates that season and lost on the last play of the game. The next week we lost 42-28 to Nantucket, after holding a 28-14 lead going into the 4th quarter. To make matters worse, our starting center was speared while long-snapping (a cheap shot), and our backup center left the game with a concussion. To make matters worse, a starting guard quit the team after the game.

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2010 Season in Review

2010-Pulaski single wing playbook cover
Originally Published: January 24, 2011
Author: Adam Wesoloski

The 2010 season brought another twist in our program. After exploring outside league opportunities and not finding one suitable to the organization it decided to create an in-house competitive youth tackle football league. One would be the younger league where 4th and 5th graders would play together and the other league would be for the 6th graders where I would be coaching.

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Q & A with Slingin’ Sammy Baugh

Sammy Baugh
Originally Published: May 11, 2011
Author: Tex Noel
Executive Director
Intercollegiate Football Researchers Association

The following is a Q & A that I had with former TCU quarterback, Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, November 10, 1993. Interesting, it was 20 years to the day I watched my very first college football game, as Northwestern rallied to defeat Indiana, 21-20. TCU during the Baugh-era compiled a 29-7-2 mark and 12-5-1 in the Southwest Conference. The 1935 team was 12-1-0 losing only to SMU and was awarded the Ray Bryne National Championship and tied LSU for Paul Williamson’s selection for No. 1. 1935: 8 polls, 4.75 Average Poll Rank {APR} and 1936, 6 and 6.50, respectively.

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2009 Season in Review

Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead
Originally Published: November 2, 2010
Author: Adam Wesoloski

The 2009 season brought a new coaching opportunity for me. Previously I was coaching Junior Pee Wee level football in a local Pop Warner organization. In 2009 our town wanted to reboot their youth tackle program which included the 5th and 6th grades. My son was a 5th grader in the district so I took one of the 5th grade head coaching positions. There were three 5th grade teams and two 6th grade teams that played games against outside competition. Each team played a six game schedule but we were not members of a league so we played an independent schedule against teams that had open dates in their schedules. This is was quite a challenge because just about every game we played with different rules. In addition 5 of our 6 games were versus 5th and 6th grade combination teams.

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Menominee’s 49 Short Option Play

Menominee run play
Originally Published: April 5, 2010
Author: Jeff Bayerl

In the Beginning

Since the beginning of time…or at least since 1966, Menominee has run the single wing under Ken Hofer. In the late 1960’s, 1970’s and the early to mid-1980’s we were a running team. We threw the ball 6-8 times per game to keep the defense honest. From the mid-1980’s through the present we’ve become more air oriented.

Passing Through the Years

Our passing game has increased not only the amount of times we throw, but the number of pass plays we now have at our disposal. The one thing that has remained constant through the years is the 49 Short Option Pass. This play is our bread-and-butter play along with our power off-tackle play, 48 Blast.

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