“Does anyone know the plays at left tackle?” Like many small high schools, our junior varsity team often consists of whatever bodies are available. So, we play many junior varsity games with several starters playing ‘new’ positions. And more than a few of these guys are the same ones running laps for not paying attention during practice. So for obvious reasons our junior varsity playbook is pretty slim and most games we have to try to make our living running power and wedge. And while we aren’t exactly blessed with huge numbers in our program, we make up for it by not being blessed with an abundance of talent, speed or size.
So we usually find it tough to just line up and run right at the defense over and over and over each game. The truth is there are very few football teams at any level who can get away with just lining up and running right at the defense every down. You need to get creative and use some smoke and mirrors. You need to run some form of counter.
Whether you choose counter, counter criss-cross or reverse you are going to need quite a bit of practice time to perfect what is essentially a completely different scheme with completely different techniques. If you do not have the time, or perhaps the experience, then running ‘Power Opposite Motion’ may be the counter play for you. Or if you already have one or more counter plays installed this might allow you to add yet another counter play with minimal effort.
Running power opposite motion was an evolutionary process. We were a Wyatt terminology team using gap-down-backer as our main blocking scheme. When we first began running the Double Wing in 2004 we started with the basic power play (Rip 66 Super Power, above). Rip motion refers to the left wingback (A back) would go in orbit motion to the right, while the right wingback’s motion was referred to as LIZ motion. Continue reading Power Opposite Motion