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By Nick Gehrts, Head Coach, Westview High School (AZ)

After taking over the program, I wanted to continue to run the wing t, but I also wanted to evolve the offense to be able to give us more options when teams stopped our run game or stacked 8-9 guys in the box.

By Nick Gehrts
Head Coach
Westview High School (AZ)
Twitter: @Coach_Gehrts

 

 

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At Westview High School, the Delaware Wing T has been a staple for over a decade. Since 2011, we have won 8 consecutive region championships and are 46-0 in region play. We have also made the state playoffs the last 13 years. Although our success can be attributed to a multiple of factors, running the wing t has no doubt been a big part of that.

After taking over the program in 2016, I wanted to continue to run the wing t, but I also wanted to evolve the offense to be able to give us more options when teams stopped our run game or stacked 8-9 guys in the box. In 2017, we began running more shotgun formations, and this past season in 2018, we were in shotgun running our wing t concepts 98% of the time. By making the transition to shotgun this gave us the ability to run our QB much more and essentially put a 4th RB on the field. Being in shotgun still allowed us to run our base plays (Buck Sweep, Jet Sweep, Trap and Belly), but we could also do a lot more off of them.

Implementing a few wing t concepts to any offense can certainly help your offensive output and give defenses an added dimension to game plan for especially when preparing for a running QB. In this report, I am going to break down a couple of the plays that we had a lot of success with this past season with our QB

 

Buck Sweep

Diagram 1

 

Rules

TE - Gap/Down Backer

PST - Gap/Down Backer

PSG - Pull Kick #4

C - Gap/Down Backer

BSG - Pull Seal

BST- Base/Cutoff

Wing - Gap/Down Backer

 

Buck Sweep is the bread and butter of our offense. The key to a successful buck sweep is to prevent the linebackers from scrapping and coming under the blockers that could potentially prevent us from having a big gain. Since deciding to go exclusively shotgun wing-t we feel that the biggest advantage is being able to make those LBs play more honestly by having adjustments when they do start getting underneath our blockers.

Once the middle linebackers begin to fly down and scrape underneath our blockers we will tag our buck sweep call to tell our QB to read a defender. In the example above, we would tell our QB to read the BS end. If the end is squeezing down the QB will pull it and if he is getting upfield the QB will give it. If the BS end continues to get upfield and give our QB a give read we will tell the BST to arch block him and tell the QB to keep it no matter what. The great thing about the call is that only 2 people are changing what they are doing, the QB and the TB.

 

QB Buck Sweep vs 4-3

Diagram 2

 

It is no secret that if you read the guards in the wing t the majority of the time they are going to take you to the ball. We feel that at some point in the game a lot of the teams we play their linebackers will get their eyes in the backfield because of the misdirection that we do. With this formation, we are in what we call a strong formation. We are still able to run buck sweep to our tailback, but what we also try to do is switch the read for the tailback and the quarterback. The QB is still responsible for the read, but now he is the primary one running the buck sweep. Again, the rules do not change for anyone except for the tailback and the QB. A huge coaching point for the buck sweep is we tell our tailback and our QB to push towards the sideline. We really want to get the defenders to have to move laterally to help with the kick block and then also open up lanes for the cutback. We emphasize this to our backs by telling them to stay parallel with the line of scrimmage and then get back where you came from.

 

 

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Conclusion

Being in the shotgun wing t has been very beneficial to us. I think that there are some concepts from the wing t that could help with any offenses output and give teams an added dimension to have to game plan for. If there is anything that I can ever do to help you or your program my staff and I are always happy to help.

 

 

Meet Coach Gehrts: I have spent most of my life learning the game of football from my grandfather who also a high school coach. I am going into my 10th season of coaching and my 8th season as a head coach.  I have been the head coach at Westview High School in Avondale, AZ for 3 years. During that time, we have won 3 region championships and I have been named section coach of the year 2 of the 3 years.

 

 

 

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