Trick plays submitted by successful coaches

September 1, 2017 / CoachingFootball
In late-game situations, where momentum is lacking and the scoreboard is working against you, a little trickery may be necessary.

Do you remember Nebraska’s “Fumblerooski” in the 1984 Orange Bowl, and more recently, Michigan State University’s “Little Giants” overtime win against Notre Dame in 2010?

Using the right trick play at the right time can catch defenses off-guard and move your team one step closer to victory.

Here are four of our favorite trick plays — submitted by coaches from across the country — that actually work.

“Speed Sweep Left Reverse Right Pass”
Charlie Stubbs, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana

“This special play-action pass complements the speed sweep package,” Stubbs said. “At times, defenses disregard the QB as a potential down-the-field receiver. This play offers a great opportunity to exploit that weakness.”









DIAGRAM: H comes in motion and receives a handoff from the QB. H runs left as if it’s a speed sweep play. H then pitches back to X, who is circling behind the play. This split for X should be 10 to 12 yards. X must throw on the run to the primary target, which is the QB running a corner route. X does have the option to run.

“Eye Left Lynx Sweep Left Reverse Go”
Andre Dobson, Victory Christian Academy, Lakeland, Florida

“This is a simple but effective deep-strike reverse pass,” Dobson said. “It works well on first down with the backup QB lined up at X.”








DIAGRAM: Z drags at 12 yards and finds the void behind the linebackers. Y stalks for a one-count, then runs a go route. Place your fastest receiver at the Y spot. The QB pitches to X circling behind the play. The QB then blocks the backside after the pitch. X looks down the field to Y or Z.

“Trips Right X Seattle Pennsylvania”
Myles Holliday, Stewart County High School, Dover, Tennessee

“When teams attack your quick screen, counter it by running this play,” Holliday said.








DIAGRAM: The right outside WR steps back at the snap and receives a lateral from the QB. The slot WR runs toward the corner of the end zone for the pass from the outside WR. The RB and inside WR block.

“Iambic Pentameter”
Tommy Lewis, Hilton Head Christian Academy, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

“We call this punt-fake play ‘Iambic Pentameter’ because when executed properly, it’s poetry,” Lewis said.








DIAGRAM: The offensive line is in aggressive pass-block mode — they all step to the right to sell a run/pass in that direction. Z and X run full-speed routes with an outside release. Y chips on the outside release, then runs an arrow route with enough depth for a first down. The personal protector is the lead blocker for the rolling-out punter. The punter receives the ball, rolls right for two counts, plants and throws across the field to his left. H steps right, blocks two counts, releases wide, looks over his inside shoulder, catches a pass from the punter and scores.

More trick plays are available in this Special Coaching Report.

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