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By Zach Schneider
Battle Ground Academy (TN)
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Screen passes have been an integral part of our offense at Battle Ground Academy. We view our screen game as an extension of our run game, as well as way to protect our pass game. I feel we are unique in that we try to scheme our screen game. Not only do we look to throw screens versus defensive pressure, we will also game plan screens versus defensive alignment to formations. We also see screens as a great answer in the red zone.
BGA Double Screen
Offensively, we are based in 10 personnel and run various 2x2, 3x1, 3x2, 4x1, and 2 back formations. Our ultimate goal in our screen package is to be able to get the ball to any skill position on the field in various spots. The first year running this screen we had two separate screens in our offense. A tunnel screen to our front side and a quick (now or swing) screen to our backside. In the past couple years, we have meshed those screens together.
We spend a considerable amount of time during our spring practice and pre-season camp drilling our base screens. Most of this time is geared towards teaching our linemen the proper timing, technique, and assignment. We view our linemen to be the most important aspect of our screen game and once they have their timing, technique and assignments mastered, our options are limitless!
Tunnel Screen Blocking Scheme - Front Side
Our play side timing for our linemen is pass set for roughly 2.5 seconds and release to your assignment. One of the “teaching techniques” we use with our linemen in the spring and preseason camp is we have them sing “Mary had a little lamb” then release. This has done wonders for us and our timing, plus the kids get a kick out of it!
From a blocking assignment perspective, we use the acronym FCA for our blocking scheme on the play side. This stands for force, contain, alley.
Our footwork for our QB is fairly simple and something we try not to over coach. In other words, we have either not found the best way to coach it or this is something that is unique to each individual QB.
Coach Points on QB Footwork
- Take a big 3 step drop. If at any point during the drop the defender key “signals” a throw to the backside screen, throw it.
- At the top of the big 3 step drop, the QB will gather and get eyes to the tunnel screen, set and throw.
A huge part of the success in our screen game is the number of “reps” we can get in our allotted practice time. The diagram below is just one of the ways we rep and drill our screen game. During spring ball and pre-season practice, we run this drill every day for 10 minutes (5 minutes each way). Once we get into the regular season, we will run this drill during pre-practice (10 minutes) at least once a week. The focus for us in the early part of the season is linemen reps. Once that occurs we feel we can dress up our screens in any number of ways.
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At BGA, screens are a big part of our offensive attack. We are constantly looking for opportunities to enhance our screen game, as well as to get all of our skill players involved. We feel that from these base screens we are able to attack multiple parts of the field in various situations. The key to our success is all of the looks we can present with our screens and still keep our timing, technique, and assignments consistent for our offensive linemen. If we can keep our scheme consistent for our guys up front we can dress it up on the back end as much as our talent and knowledge will allow.
Meet Coach Schneider: Zach Schneider is the Offensive Coordinator at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee. BGA is K-12 Division II school located just south of Nashville. In Coach Schneider’s two seasons at BGA the team has compiled a record of 19-6, including reaching the Division II-AA Semifinals this past season with an 11-2 record. Over the past two seasons, BGA has averaged over 32 points and 360 yards per game. Last season, his quarterback passed for 3036 yards and threw for 37 touchdowns, with just 6 interceptions. Prior to coming to BGA, Coach Schneider was the head coach at Washington High School (MO) for seven seasons.