Author: Adam Wesoloski
Originally Published: July 10, 2006

Again special thanks to Jim Barg for the materials and Guy Savoie for the text conversion.

Athletic Journal — 1939

This year in the annual study of football offense in the colleges in this article and in the secondary schools in the article that follows, touchdown plays are presented. Since the purpose of the article is merely to keep the readers of this publication informed on the trend of offense, it has not been considered advisable to designate the institutions using the plays diagrammed in this issue. However, as has been the case in previous years, we shall be glad to pass on to the schools any communications regarding the plays described in these articles.

Rocky Mountain Region

Diagram 19 shows a forward pass play from a spread formation that has been used successfully in the Rocky Mountain Conference. The guards are pulled back for protection.

Diagram 20 shows a deep reverse around the weak side from an unbalanced line. The ball-carrier goes around the defensive right end by himself and the interference goes inside the defensive right end. The defensive right tackle is blocked in by the offensive end 5 and the defensive right end is blocked in by the tail-back 4.

Diagram 21 shows a fake reverse buck inside the strong-side defensive tackle. The ball is snapped to the fullback 3 who fakes to give it to the wing-back 1 and then plunges inside the left defensive tackle. The guard 8 leads the play and back 2 blocks the defensive left tackle out.

Diagram 22 features a power play inside the short-side defensive tackle. The tailback 4 receives the ball from center, steps back to time the play and then hits inside the defensive right tackle behind 8, 10 and 1 who lead the play.

Diagram 23 shows an end-around play from a short kick formation. The ball is snapped back to fullback 3, who drives forward to the line and then gives the ball to the offensive right end 11. The right end 11 then carries the ball between the defensive right end and defensive right tackle behind 9 and 1. The tail-back 4 swings wide for a lateral.

Diagram 24 features an end-around play. The ball is snapped to the fullback 3, who drives straight ahead and gives the ball to 2, who laterals back to the offensive left end 5, who runs wide around the defensive left end.

Diagram 25 shows a cross buck from a balanced line, single wing-back formation. The fullback 3 receives the ball from center, drives forward and gives it to 2 who in turn gives it to the wing-back 1 who drives inside the defensive right tackle.

Diagram 26 shows a quick reverse forward pass. The ball is snapped back to the fullback 3 who hands it back to the 2. Two then runs to the right and forward-passes to either the offensive right end 11 or to the 4 back.

Part 1 : Eastern Region

Part 2 : Middle West Region