cs icon 70



libertyBy Scott Girolmo, Offensive Coordinator, Liberty High School (VA)

The Power and the Triple Option are usually seen as base concepts in different offenses.  So what happens when those two concepts are put together?  According to Coach Girolmo the result is THE ULTIMATE run play.

By Scott Girolmo - @CoachSGirolmo

Offensive Coordinator

Liberty High School (VA)


Insiders Members: Click here to login to the Insiders and read the full-length version of this report including game film. 


libertyEditor's Note: Coach Girolmo grew up as a player for his father Steve Girolmo at Livonia High School in Western New York. A graduate of Cortland State (D-III - NY) he has coached at Castleton State College, and Western New England University as well as made stops in high school at his Alma-Mater Livonia and Liberty high School in Bealeton, VA.  In 2012 he took over the offense at Liberty and has installed an ever-evolving hurry up no-huddle philosophy that mixes schemes from across the spectrum. As the Offensive Coordinator in their 2013 campaign the Eagles offense averaged 34.2 points per game, and was the 10th ranked offense in VHSL 4A. Scott is a diehard clinic enthusiast and encourages interactive Q & A regarding any of his contributions to the site. 




We are a hurry-up no huddle offense, that runs multiple personnel groups, formations as well as a mixture of schemes from across the offensive spectrum. Our most effective run-schemes the past two seasons have been our power runs. Our identity has always been power oriented in my 3 years here at Liberty. Knowing this, I made a point in taking over the offense in 2012 to find ways to incorporate that into some of the new innovative backfield and perimeter schemes I wanted introduce. Thanks to the help of some bright coaching minds, I was able to hybridize my favorite backfield action – the shotgun inside mesh read and pitch phase, with the power o run scheme. The result, I believe is a very sound, and formidable run play that can yield phenomenal results for teams with sub-par talent, and a blue-chipper’s alike. Not only will this make a major impact at the high school levels, but I believe that it will explode in the college ranks, when coordinators with agile and athletic QB’s get their hands on it.

The surface run scheme for our 5 offensive linemen is the same in our power triple as it is in our power hand-off play. This allows us to practice, and play much faster as those guys up front don’t have much thinking to do. This will fall in line with many offenses looking to go hurry-up, and also those that are lacking talent/intelligence or practice time. Creating confidence in their roles on each play allows those offensive linemen to play to their maximum speed and effort. The magic happens with our “tags” for inside mesh read, and triple option. When we begin to change the moving pieces behind our surface, we not only create extra gaps with the pulling guard, but we free up extra blockers by reading 2 defenders play-side. Our option counting system can even be combined with our power counting system to give our QB the ability to check to a power triple against a number’s or alignment disadvantage. In our option counting system, we teach our kids that the first player from the play-side tackles NOSE – OUT is our GIVE key. The next most dangerous defender from the GIVE KEY- OUT is our PITCH KEY. Below is an example of our option counting system against a 2x2 formation (Diagrams 1-4).


As you can see, some alignments are more advantageous than others. We use a very broad range of formations to help create advantages where none exists. This is also evident in our power counting system. We use the power counting system to both designate where the play-side combination block will occur, and to alert to where the puller and runner attack points are. Our play-side tackle dictates where that combo occurs by recognizing the technique, and anticipating the reaction of the 1st defender outside of the adjacent guard. He will down block, or call for a combo on that #1 player. If that player is a 4 tech (head up on him), the Tackle will base zone drive him himself with a B-GAP attack point as his target. The 2nd most dangerous defender is blocked by our fullback/h-back, and the #3 defender is the target of our pulling back-side guard. Below is an example of our 2-back power counting system (Diagram 5-8).




This scheme really becomes potent if you are able to run it in conjunction with 1-back power with a tight end, or h-back. When facing even front teams that have a talented and dominant strong-side defensive end, or play with an inside-shaded 7/6i technique that is difficult to block, this is a terrific alternative play call. For our fullbacks, tight ends and h-backs, we teach a 2 for 2 principle in their blocking assignments. As they arc release from their alignment, their primary responsibility is to outside seal the 1st linebacker in the box if he is in a fast-flow mode over the top. If he is in a direct flow mode, or he is stationary, they widen and climb to the safety on their side. The two for two mentality refers to the TE/FB/SLOT working with the pulling guard. As the guard inserts play side he will naturally kick out any LB pressing the b-gap, if that backer flows over the top he will be sealed by the TE/FB/SLOT and the guard will be able to turn in when he inserts. Using multiple personnel groups will only add potency to this play, as you are able to incorporate more of these blockers, and motion players into the scheme. Below are several examples of how we use our tight ends, fullbacks and h-backs in this scheme.





What You're Missing:

Join XandOLabs.com exclusive Insiders program and gain full access to the entire clinic article including:  

  • The combined count system he uses which is adaptable to both the Triple Option and Power concept.
  • Why it’s a great alternative against defenses that play with a 7 or 6i technique.
  • How he meshes his gap double team blocking concepts with his zone combination concepts.
  • The blocking responsibilities of all five offensive linemen against various fronts.
  • Variations of his power triple option including the retreat concept, the orbit concept and the bubble concept.
  • Plus game film on all these concepts.

Join X&O Labs' Insiders Website. Click Here!



Whether you are already running power o and are looking for a way to diversify your offense, or if you are a shotgun zone read team looking to add hats to the point of attack; the power triple option has a place in your arsenal. Spreading the ball around is just an added bonus. Use the slot as your pitch man, align in split backs, or orbit motion a player in from the perimeter. If that’s not enough, and you want something quicker, attach the bubble screen and quick game to stretch your read the entire width of the field. This is a combination of schemes that is destined for greatness, and I can’t wait to see it provide chunk yards, and explosive plays for more teams next season.




Insiders Members Login Here To Access Full Length Reports and Videos

Get X&O Labs' Emails!

The Football Practice Study

Get Your FREE Copy of The Football Practice Study Sent Directly to Your Email! Enter Your Name, Email and Click the "Subscribe" Button!