Shotgun Series

Originally Published: January 13, 2012

Author: Bill Mountjoy

The best direct snap football I ever ran is below — the San Francisco 49ers/Dallas Cowboys “SHOTGUN”.  Roger Staubach made the Hall of Fame in this system! Better running game than ANY Single Wing offense, GREAT for passing and it only needs 3-4 runs to be COMPLETE. The origins of the series comes from this 1961 Sports Illustrated article.

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Single-Wing Still the Rage at Conway

Originally Published: September 6, 2012

Republished with permission from Harold Bechard, Editor, VYPE Central Kansas. Photos credit: Jeff Tuttle/VYPE Central Kansas

Bliss Sold Cardinals on Offense in 1997

By Bob Lutz
VYPE Central Kansas

CONWAY SPRINGS – Mark Bliss, bless his heart, has become somewhat of a coaching vagabond.

He is, for the moment, the football coach at Ozark (Mo.) High, but that could change at any moment. His 15-year head coaching career has included stops in Los Animas, Calif., Naples, Fla., Odessa, Mo., Edwardsville, Ill., Derby and, for four of the best seasons imaginable, Conway Springs.

It was while at Conway that Bliss, an innovative sort who like many football coaches couldn’t live without a pencil and a load of paper napkins, established himself as a mastermind of the single-wing offense, which you have to see to really understand and then probably will mostly just scratch your head.

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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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