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New football offense: Everybody go long

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on July 25, 2008 at 11:30 am with No Comments »
July 25, 2008 11:30 am

With practice beginning in less than four weeks, it’s too late for high school football coaches to install a new offense, but I’d like to see a local team use the A-11 offense.

The A-11 offense brings eight-man football to the 11-man game and renders offensive linemen obsolete. Two tight ends line up on both sides of the center. Two groups of three receivers are spread on both sides of the field. In the backfield, two quarterbacks wait for the snap seven yards behind the line of scrimmage in a shotgun formation.

Breaking it down, it’s like running a fake punt on every play.

Put down those penalty flags, this formation is completely legal. It meets the criteria for a “scrimmage kick.”

Piedmont (Calif.) High School unveiled the offense last season, going 7-2 and reaching the playoffs.

Is the A-11 gimmicky? Of course it is. But I can see this working well in small classifications, like 1A, 2B and 1B.

What do you think? Can this offense work?

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