HSC-Fly Attack, Part 1

Author: Ted Seay
Originally Published: June 2, 2008

This article is dedicated to coaches who never stop looking for ways to do things better. Recently, I was able to combine two concepts together into something which I believe could be the most effective direct-snap running game from spread formations yet invented.

Until fairly recently I was not impressed with the run games that most spread shotgun offenses featured, as I have noted repeatedly in previous versions of my under-center Wild Bunch playbook. 

That changed when I learned about Dr. John Ward’s creation, the Half-Spin Counter (HSC) series. His semi-spread Single Wing attack has benefited hugely from his combination of the old Washington Redskins Counter Gap play in one direction and a sweep play in the other direction, where the ball is hidden from the defense long enough to cause confusion about the path of the ball — is it heading off-tackle one way, or around end the other?

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The Line

Author: Paul Shanklin
Originally Published: April 7, 2008

The Line

Some come from the game with no scars, no pain-

We emerge with bloodied hands, and bones so sore that it takes a few hours the next morning before we can walk upright.

Some come from the game with pants still shiny, shirt barely dirty-

We are only faintly recognizable, as the mud and grass of trench warfare take all the newness and shine from our uniforms and our souls.

Some come from the game with impressive stats of yards rushing and passing-

We measure our progress in short bursts that no paper will keep track of, that no record book will ever immortalize.

Some come from the game with parents loudly bragging and fans cheering as names come over the P.A. system-

We deal in a world of brutal anonymity, silent except for the grunts of collision and the quick praise of our coaches.

Some come from the game with egos blazing, claps on the back, the sounds of the crowd in their head-

We measure our worth by the holes we open for players with smaller numbers; their brief nod is our only applause.

Some come from the game as prima-donnas, barely working in the off season, giving lip service to the idea of physical improvement-

We spend our time in the weight room, iron plates and shiny steel our friend, our enemy, our taskmaster.

Some come from the game with thoughts of I did this, or I did that-

We recognize that the parts build a greater good, that teamwork is not an outmoded concept in today’s world.

Some come from the game thinking of us as swamp things in uniform, they joke about our speed, our hands, our seeming lack of grace-

We take the brunt of the jokes, even laugh along, just as we take the brunt of the physical force aimed at them.

In our little world we stand. Our boundaries are the sleds and the chutes. Our teachers are men who dwell in the dual worlds of detail and violence, who teach by a voice that can either wake the dead or gently ease two hours of pain.

This is our world.

It starts with us.


– Paul Shanklin

Simple Multiple Series Single Wing

Originally Published: March 24, 2008
Author: Denis Cronin

Deron Bayer, the Keynote Speaker of the 08 Conclave declared, “We’re simple because we’re simple.” It’s a great statement. One that makes coaches stop and take stock of what they are doing.

How much is too much? When does more become counter productive? Are you fooling them or us? Questions we all should ask of ourselves from time to time.

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Football Offense of 1939 in High Schools-Part 10

Special thanks to Jim Barg for the materials and Guy Savoie for the text conversion
Originally Published: February 11th, 2008

Athletic Journal — 1939


Diagram 91 is a double reverse inside the weak-side tackle with a trap on the tackle. Five goes to his left and blocks the opposing end; 6 and the center team on the defensive right guard; 8 pulls out and mousetraps the right tackle; 9 takes the left guard; 10 helps 9 by brushing the left guard, then drives for the strong-side backer-up; 11 brushes the left tackle, then diagonals across the secondary for the defensive right halfback; 2 drives through for the weak-side backer-up; the ball is passed to 3 who gives it to 4 who in turn gives it to 1; 3 then helps 8 with the right tackle; 4 protects from the right side.

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Ideas From Inside the Tulsa Formation

Originally Published: January 14, 2008
Author: John Minteer

Adam asked me a couple of months ago to write few words about the Tulsa Box, and I am committed to that, but I thought I would take you on a little detour for a few moments and give you a little background on my “drug” habit. I have been following the Single Wing since the winter of 1995 when I was coaching at the local middle school in my hometown. Once discovered, I spent more time tinkering and drawing plays, formations, and entertained just about every crazy idea that popped into my skull.

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