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By James Stubkjaer, OL Coach, Avon High School (SD) and Jared Smith, OL Coach, SF Roosevelt High School (SD)


See how these teams have taken the Stick Draw and molded it into a QB friendly play with various potential outcomes. Read more here...

By James Stubkjaer    
Offensive Line Coach 
Avon High School (SD)                      


Jared Smith
Offensive Line Coach
SF Roosevelt High School (SD)

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RHSvAbdn82711 3620929 1The Stick-Draw PRO play is a staple for both of our programs. We have had some great success with it over the years and have put some wrinkles in to suit our offense. We run a no huddle, up tempo, spread-gun offense that has its roots in the Air Raid.

Stick-Draw Combo Play:

This play started out for us, as what I would call a true, stick-draw play. In this play, the QB looks to hit the stick route while reading the play side LB. If the LB stayed in, he would throw the stick route. If the LB moved out to cover the stick, he would hand the ball to the RB on the draw. This is what Noel Mazzone (NZone) calls Detroit and have modified it to fit our system.

From that base concept, we have made a few subtle changes that allow us to make various pre-snap & post-snap reads. These changes have made the play much more productive and harder to stop. Here are the 4 options that we give the QB on this play; 3 passing plays, and 1 run play. All are run out of a 3x1 formation.

OL Splits & Levels:

On the line of scrimmage, we spread out the box players. We have our lineman in two point stances and we maximize our splits and levels. We will increase/decrease our splits depending on the various play call anywhere from 2’-4’. We always want our level off of the ball to be as far back as legally possible.  The rule in SD is, that the facemask of the OL must break the plane of the centers backside. Once our center is set in his stance, the guard will adjust his splits accordingly and place the toe of their inside foot parallel to the heels of the center. Our tackles then line up their inside foot so that it would be parallel to the toe of the inside foot of the guard. From the side view, we would have the Center out by himself, and the guards/tackles will be pretty much in a straight line as far back off of the center as we can get.  The levels off the ball are the key for the linemen in this offense, because it allows our linemen to have time to use their technique to successfully make their blocks.  

OL Blocking Rules:

We are a gap/man blocking team. We do utilize some IZ/OZ concepts, but we don’t hang our hats on that. Our main blocks are: Base, Down, Reach, Doubles. We utilize both skip & open pulls for pulling, but we mainly use the skip-pull. Many of our plays involve gap-man rules play side, while we use IZ rules backside.

Stick-Draw Blocking Rules:

Even Fronts: Against even fronts, we often see both 3 and 5 techniques to the trips side. We want to really influence those guys to pass rush, so that we can wash them out hard, and open up the middle of the line. To do that, we have our play side guard and tackle use the “kick & crank” technique. This means kick-sliding two kicks and showing high hat pass then turning that into a base block and turning their men out hard.

The back side will be running back side IZ rules or fold their blocks.  The back side tackle will base block the DE out.  The back side guard and center will either double to the Will or fold to the Will. If for some reason, we were to get a 1 technique and a  5 technique to the trips side, the play side guard would then switch up his tech from a kick & crank to a down block. He would then use the 1 technique’s pre-snap alignment against him, and drive him down.

Odd Fronts: Most Okies defend us with a 5-man box (which we love to run against). The key factor is the alignment of the Will backer to the single receiver side. Our linemen have the same rules as they do against the even. The play side tackle will “kick & crank” the DE.  The rest of the line will use their IZ rules.  The play side guard and center will double nose to backside Mike backer and the back side guard and tackle will double the DE to the Will. Many times, the back side guard will just straight climb to the backside Mike and will end up pinning the backside Will.

Stick-Draw vs. 4-3


PT:  Kick & Crank: Influence DE up field, then base or drive him out

PG:  Kick & Crank: Influence DE up field, then base or drive him out

C:  Double N to Will, or Pin N, so BG can fold up inside for Will backer

BG: Double N to Will (Keep eyes 2nd Level for backside A Gap) or skip pull & fold up inside for Will backer

BT:  Base E (close & hinge)

Stick-Draw v. Okie


PT:  Kick & Crank: Influence DE up field, then base or drive him out.

PG: Double Nose to backside Mike backer

C:  Double Nose to backside Mike backer:  Keep eyes 2nd level for backside A gap

BG: Double backside DE to Will, or straight climb (need to wait for a 2 count before release)

BT: Base E (close & hinge)

Stick- Draw vs. 30 Stack


PT:  Climb to Drop backer, or take any first inside threat.

PG:  Double Nose to backside Mike backer

C:  Double Nose:  Keep eyes on 2nd level for backside A gap

BG: Skip pull, tight to the double, looking for Sam backer.  Don't pass up work though.

BT:  Base E (close & hinge), or (sift & climb) to Will. 

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With many teams looking at running RPOs, the stick draw has become a lot more popular. We feel that you can take this play and dress it however you want to fit into your offensive scheme. Hopefully you were able to see how we structured the concept to make it simple for our kids and effective against different looks.

Meet Coach Stubkjear: James Stubkjaer is currently the offensive line coach at Avon High School in South Dakota. Avon is a 9 Man powerhouse in SD and has won 6 out of 9 State Championship appearances since 2000, the last in 2011. He has coached varsity football in South Dakota for 18 years, the last 11 years, being at the largest class (Sioux Falls Roosevelt).

Meet Coach Smith: Jared Smith is currently the offensive line coach at SF Roosevelt HS, where they have won 3 State Championships in 5 appearances since 2005.Jared coached with Stubkjear at SF Roosevelt for 7 years prior to Stubkjear leaving for Avon. 



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