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By Justin Clark, Offensive Coordinator, Ridgeview High School (SC)

Some passing concepts are just "straight to the playbook" type of concepts. This is one of those. See how Coach Clark picks on defenses with this sprint out concept. Read the report...


By Justin Clark
Offensive Coordinator
Ridgeview High School (SC)
Twitter: @JustinYClark

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One of the greatest offenses ever created was the Run and Shoot offense by Glen “Tiger” Ellison. Over the years you see coaches like Mouse Davis, John Jenkins, and June Jones take this offense to the next level. One of the critiques of this offense is that it doesn’t work at the high school level because we do not have the time to dedicate to making this system work. People also suggest that it is too complicated for high school players to understand all the route conversions that we use in the “shoot.” I tell them that the proof is in the stats. In eight years running this system, we have averaged 2,279.75 yards per season and 27 TDs per season.

Coaching the run and shoot gives defenses problems, even in the modern era of zone blitzes and bracket coverages. When people hear that we are a “shoot” team, I always get people asking about the core concepts that we run (examples: Go, Choice, Read, Hook, Slide). However, I am quick to remind them that moving the pocket with our sprint game is a vital part of our offense that often times gets overlooked. Our Follow concept has been particularly successful in our sprint out game recently and that is what I will focus on for this report.

Dash Protection

While we have three different sprint protections, this article will focus on the “dash” protection. I like using a Dash protection because it allows us to have a quick game route built in as an easy access throw to the single wide receiver into the boundary. If it is there take pre-snap, we expect the QB to take it right away. If it is cloudy, the Quarterback then will get into his sprint progression.

Dash Protection Rules


The rules for the offensive line are very simple. We tell them to run outside zone away and do not go downfield. If we call Dash Lt, the offensive line will block outside zone right and if we call Dash Rt, the offensive line block outside zone left.

The RB knows that in our Dash protection, that he is not gaining the edge as fast as our other two sprints. What we ask our back to do is to act like he is blocking our drop back protection and give the edge defender grass to the inside. We want have the defender go inside so our back to pin/seal the edge for the quarterback in the event that he sprints to that side.

Dash Follow Concept



Everyone we play will run a version of sprint flood. We see Flood like (Go, Flat/Bubble, Corner/Bench), Flood like (Curl, Wheel, Flat), or Flood like (Curl, Corner, Flat). We created our Follow concept because we were getting a lot of bracket and man coverages. We needed a sprint concept that was a little different than what other teams ran and were not used to seeing. This was so that those defenses would have to devote extra time to defending the concept. In doing so, we came up with Follow and it has been a great change up when we want to move the pocket and get a deep to intermediate throw. We love throwing this concept against teams that like to play some sort of bracket or man against our trips packages.

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The base of our Run and Shoot passing game is allowing our receivers to make educated conversions on the fly by reading the post snap coverage of the defense. We felt that in our sprint game that we needed to stay true to our philosophy but on sprints we cannot have out guys reading post snap coverages because it is just too hard on the Quarterback. For that reason, we decided to create as many rubs and picks in our sprints as possible. This will allow us an offense to gain an advantage and window dress the typical flood packages that high school defenses see during a sprint out. I think that this is one of, if not the greatest, passing offense ever created and we have had great success in running the Run and Shoot.


Meet Coach Clark: Justin Clack has been coaching since 2007 and has either been a Head Coach or an Offensive Coordinator in all but three seasons in his coaching career. Coach Clark has been able to set multiple season and individual records while being able to coach in a State Championship, two Semi-Final appearances and multiple Region Championships. He was able to have 25 players sign to play collegiate football in the system that he runs and have 4 NFL players that have come through this system.



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