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By Justin Vorhies, Head Football Coach, Cloverleaf High School (OH)

In one of our more comprehensive reports, Cloverleaf High School (OH) head coach Justin Vorhies provides a “whole, part, whole” teaching progression for the tight end, backside Guard and backside Tackle including the drill work he uses to train them.

By Justin Vorhies
Head Football Coach
Cloverleaf High School (OH)

 

 

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During the last two seasons we broke an 8 season streak of losing records (5-5 in '18 & 6-4 in '19).  We have also set the school record for total yards gained in each of the last two seasons and set the scoring record this past season.  A huge part of our success started mid-way into the 2017 season.   During this point in time we stopped running our zone schemes and ran primarily gap schemes.  During the 2017-2018 off-season we committed to becoming a run concept offense, using primarily gap schemes along with the Sweep/Jet blocking scheme.  We ditched the zone scheme and the number system.  This simplified, yet enhanced our playbook.  We now have five base concepts that we use out of a variety of formations.

Cloverleaf Over the Past 10 seasons:

Year

Wins

Losses

Points Scored

Total Yards

2010

4

6

212

2776

2011

4

6

239

2740

2012

3

7

273

2803

2013

2

8

182

2851

2014

0

10

49

1484

2015

1

9

82

1657

2016

0

10

120

2044

2017

3

7

234

2847

2018

5

5

253

3411

2019

6

4

305

3678

 

Our most productive concept, out of any formation, has been the Counter Trey concept.  During the past two years we have ran for 1,062 yds., 6.5 avg. in '18 and 1227 yds. 9.5 avg. in '19 on the Counter Trey play alone.  We accomplished this while having two different types of offensive lines.  In 2018 we averaged 231lbs per lineman.  In 2019 we had four new starters on the offensive line and averaged only 205 lbs. per lineman.  We also had a new starting Tight End in 2019.  The Counter Trey, for us, acts as a counter to our four other base concepts (ISO, Power Read, A-gap Power, Sweep/Jet) along with being able to use it as a direct run play. 

 

Cloverleaf Football Five Base Run Concepts:

2018

2019

Counter Trey

163x

1,062 yards

6.5 Avg

Counter Trey

128x

1,220 yards

9.5 Avg

Iso

127x

721 yards

5.6 Avg

Iso

100x

496 yards

5.0 Avg

Power Read

61x

281 yards

4.5 Avg

Power Read

31x

183 yards

5.9 Avg

Jet/Sweep

43x

427 yards

9.9 Avg

Jet/Sweep

78x

525 yards

6.7 Avg

A-Gap Power

23x

137 yards

5.9 Avg

A-Gap Power

19x

89 yards

4.7 Avg

Total

417x

2,628 yards

6.3 Avg

Total

356x

2,513 yards

7.0 Avg

 

We believe our success in running this play comes from our commitment to execute this concept against any look we may get.  We give our players a set of tools to use for whatever situation they may see.  This is accomplished through consistent and daily drill work.

 

Play Concept: 

On Counter Trey, (yes, the old Washington Redskins counter trey play in the ‘70s and ‘80s) the frontside offensive line will gap away from the point of attack, while a pulling guard and tackle will lead the play.  Ideally the guard will kick out and the tackle will lead up through the hole and back will follow tackle.  However, if teams squeeze or spill the guard's block, he will log the player and the tackle and ball carrier will loop around to the outside.  When we have a TE on the play side, it becomes a 3-on-3 scenario with our TE, Pulling Guard and Pulling Tackle vs the defense’s Playside MLB, the force/contain player, and the next man inside the force/contain player. 

 

The Counter Trey can be used as a direct run play or a misdirection/counter play.  If it is a straight hand-off with no misdirection the QB will read the backside DE or explode vertically off the mesh to cut off the backside DE (this depends on the type of QB we have).

 

 

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  • The identification of space and block progression for the backside Guard based on the following scenarios: space between defender and LOS, defender within a yard of LOS, defender a yard past LOS, no space between defender and LOS.
  • The identification of space and block progression for the backside Tackle, including the Open, Step and Kick Drill and the Open, Step and Log Drill.
  • Coaching points and film of the Counter Trey Drill, that trains the backside Guard and Tackle to react in real time to the four common scenarios.
  • The Tight End drill sequence vs. head up, outside leverage, engage and slant out reactive defensive ends.
  • Plus, game film of all these concepts.

 

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Conclusion

I would like to thank my entire coaching staff at Cloverleaf. Specifically, I would like to thank Jim Houghtlen. Coach Houghtlen is our offensive coordinator and we have worked together for 10 of the past 11 seasons. Coach Houghtlen has been very instrumental in our growth and success. We have worked to develop an offense that will allow us to be successful year in and year out. This is why we have bought into a run concept, gap scheme oriented, offense. We also believe that having the tools and answers to any look a defense will give you, is vital to being successful. We feel that our purposeful, repetitive practice drills give our players the necessary tools to be able to react, not think, on the game field. This is what has made our Counter Trey Concept so successful the past two seasons.

 

 

Meet Coach Justin Vorhies: Coach Vorhies is happily married to his wife, Melissa, of 12 years and is the proud father of Hannah (8), Jacoby (6), and Vanessa (4). He just finished his fifth season as Head Coach at Cloverleaf High School in Lodi, Ohio (7th overall as a HC). This past season he also coached the TEs. Other individual offensive positions he has coached are WRs for three seasons and QBs for seven seasons. He has also coached DBs and LBs. Prior to being the HC at Cloverleaf, he was an Assistant at Cloverleaf (‘07, ‘08, ‘14), Offensive Coordinator at New London High School in New London, Ohio (‘09-’11), and Head Coach at New London High School (‘12 and ‘13). He was named Conference Coach of the Year during the 2012 and 2017 seasons. He is a 2001 graduate of Cloverleaf High School and a 2005 graduate of John Carroll University. He was a member of the John Carroll University Football Team during the 2001 - 2003 seasons.

 

 

 

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