3 Variations of the Wing-T Trap Game

Aug 19, 2012 | Offense, Wing T, Offensive Systems


By Kyle McElvany

Offensive Line Coach


Anthony Wayne High School (OH)

2011 record: 8-3, OHSAA Division 1 playoffs

One of the best plays in football is the fullback trap play. It is a quick hitter, that when executed correctly, can break for big yardage. To give a little background about our program, we are a D1 school (largest classification in Ohio) that may have decent numbers but are physically undersized on a yearly basis. That is why we believe in the Wing-T offense.  A large part of our success has been because our program from elementary school and up believes in the Wing-T system.  Our coaching staff is devoted to improving our players on and off the field.

First, I will describe the offensive line’s footwork and rules for our base trap play. For demonstration purposes, I am going to assume the formation is a double tight-end formation:

Play-Side Tight-End: Step on a 45-degree angle with inside foot and rip with outside arm to dip inside of the defender on or outside of you. Work to the middle 1/3 defender to near safety.

Play-Side Tackle: Take the cleanest possible release to the first linebacker inside. Look pre-snap to whom that will be.

  • If defender is aligned head up or outside; step with the inside foot pointing on a 45-degree angle or less and dip and rip with the outside shoulder, touching grass, with your eyes up much as possible.
  • If the defender is aligned inside of you, execute a quick "pick-it-up and put-it-down step" with your inside foot then adjust your path to intersect with the first linebacker inside of you.
  •  It is important to adjust your path IMMEDIATELY after stepping to the heels of the down-lineman in order to make contact with the linebacker who will be flowing to the play.

Play-Side Guard: Rules: (inside) gap - double team-backer-influence.

  • Versus an odd front defense, the guard will double team with the center on the nose guard (unless he is shaded away from the play) to the backside linebacker. Draw an imaginary straight line from to the backside linebacker. Your first step should be with your inside foot on that imaginary line as you go on the "rail" to the backside linebacker.
  • Versus an even front, you will follow that same path.
  • Versus a Double Eagle front, you will down block on the nose guard, getting your head across the defender as to prevent penetration.

Center: Rules: Man-on-man away. Center will always take the thought process of: "I will block the man over me unless." Whenever the center is covered by a nose guard - whether head up or shaded - the center will block him unless the backside A gap is threatened by a blitz or a backside 2 (head-up) technique.

  • Versus an even front, the center will block back on the defender, stepping with the near foot, getting the head across the defender to prevent penetration.
  • Versus a double eagle front, the center will make a "domino" call telling the play side guard to block down on the nose guard while the center blocks down on the backside defensive tackle.

Backside Guard: Rules: Trap the 1st man head up to outside the play side guard. Before going into the footwork, it is important to note that I want all the offensive linemen as far off the ball as legally possible with 2 ½ foot splits.