Special thanks to Jim Barg for the materials and Guy Savoie for the text conversion
Originally Published: July 23, 2007

Athletic Journal — 1939

Ohio

In Diagram 53 we find 5 brushing the defensive right tackle and going on down into the secondary for the defensive center ; 6 and the center team on the defensive right guard; 8 pulls out of the line and mousetraps the defensive right tackle which 5 let sift through; 9 takes the defensive left tackle; 10 takes the left backer-up; 11 brushes the left defensive end and goes down into the secondary; 4 brushes the right defensive end and goes on down to the right of the secondary; the ball is passed to 3 who hands it to 2; 3 then carries out the spin and continues the deception with the aid of 1 who carries the ball on a reverse; 2 sneaks outside right guard. This play may be easily worked into a double lateral as both 4 and 1 are in suitable positions.

Diagram 54 shows a pass play that is worked in sequence with a push pass down the center. Five plays a little wide and as soon as the ball is snapped runs down for eight yards bearing to his right and then veers sharply to his left; 6 takes the defensive right tackle; the center takes the defensive right guard; 8 pulls out of line and gets the defensive right end who has not been molested; 9 takes the defensive left guard; 10 mousetraps the defensive left tackle; 4 comes across to take the opposing left end; the ball is snapped to 3 who starts toward the line; 3 hands the ball to 2 who fades back to pass; 3 then carries out the threat of another push pass by leaping high in the air; this will draw the defensive halfbacks in, enabling 1 and 5 to get beyond them; 3 then goes on over center and is eligible for a pass; the pass is to 5, 3 or 1; 5 and 1 turn in to fake the push pass and then, as the defensive halfbacks come in, break beyond them.

Oklahoma

In Diagram 55 the blocking assignments are as follows: 5 goes down to the secondary; 6 blocks the defensive right tackle; 7 takes the guard; 9 blocks the defensive left guard; 10 takes the tackle; 1 goes through for the left secondary; 3 blocks the defensive right end. The ball is passed to 4 who forward-passes to 11 who has taken 2 or 3 steps, stopped and turned. Eleven laterals to 2 and goes downfield.

In Diagram 56, 8 and 11 block the defensive right end; 3 and 5 block the defensive right tackle; 6 takes the defensive right guard; 9 the left guard; 10, 2 and 1 sweep to the left. The ball is passed to 4 who fakes to give it to 1 as he runs to the left. Four keeps the ball and runs to the right.

Oregon

Diagram 57 shows a play that is used with phenomenal success by a large Oregon high school. After running a couple of plays inside tackle the team uses this pass. The blocking assignments are as follows: 5 blocks the defensive right tackle; 8 blocks the defensive right guard: 9 and 10 block the defensive left guard in; 3 and 11 block the defensive left tackle out. The ball is passed to 4 who fakes to give it to 2 and then drives inside tackle. As he reaches the line of scrimmage, he straightens up and lobs a pass to 1.

The play, shown in Diagram 58, also used by a large Oregon school, is a double half spin and checks on half spin plays inside and through the middle. The blocking assignments are as follows: 5 blocks the defensive right tackle; 6 and the center block the defensive right guard; 9 blocks the defensive left guard; 10 blocks the defensive left end out; 3 blocks the defensive right end. Four receives the ball, fakes to give it to 3, spins and starts into the line,, makes a half spin and gives it to 1, who sweeps around the defensive right end, with 2 and 8 leading the play.

Pennsylvania

In Diagram 59, the blocking assignments are as follows: 5 blocks the weak-side linebacker; the defensive right tackle goes through to be trapped by 8 and 2; 6 blocks the defensive right guard; the center blocks the left backer-up; 9 blocks the defensive left guard; 11 blocks the defensive left tackle and assists 1 in blocking off the secondary. The ball is passed to 4 who fakes to pass and runs inside tackle.

The play shown in Diagram 60 is used as a check play on a line buck by the tailback. Five brushes the defensive right tackle and goes down field; 6 takes the line-backer; the center blocks the guard; 8 pulls out and blocks the defensive left end; 9 and 10 block the defensive left guard; 11 blocks the line-backer and 1 blocks the tackle. The ball is passed to 4 who plunges into the line, handing the ball to 2 who laterals to 3 for a sweep around the defensive left end.

In Diagram 61 we have a fake with the fullback carrying the ball; 5 charges through to the right defensive backer-up; 6 and the center team on the right defensive guard; 8 pulls out of the line and mousetraps the defensive right tackle; 9 takes the left defensive guard; 10 pulls out of the line and goes inside the right defensive tackle and down to the right halfback; 11 brushes the defensive left tackle and goes down into the secondary; 2 mousetraps the left defensive tackle; the ball is snapped to 3 who spins and fakes to 1 coming around; 3 completes the spin and drives inside tackle; 4 brushes the right end and continues into the secondary.

Rhode Island

In Diagram 62 we have a pass play from T formation. The whole line blocks for a pass; 5 brushes the defensive right tackle and goes on down cutting sharply to the left for a pass; 6 pulls out and blocks the right end; 7 and the center team on the right defensive guard; 9 and 10 team on the left defensive guard; 11 takes the left defensive tackle; 1 blocks the left defensive end; the ball is snapped to 2 who spins, faking the ball to 3; 3 carries out the fake and hits inside tackle; 4 comes across and takes a lateral from 2; 4 then shoots a pass to 5 who is cutting to the left.