“ Power Wing” Ross A. LeGrande firstname.lastname@example.org Coach Mt. Olive Jr. Marauders
Roots of the Power Wing • What we call Power Wing was a formation Don Markham ran back in 1996. I noticed it on a game tape I had of Bloomington vs. Norta Vista. • Tape of Markham’s and Jr. Marauders Power Wing to follow presentation.
The Snap • The Tight End does not snap the ball between his legs. He keeps his shoulders approximately parallel 0 degree angle to the line of scrimmage with his left leg offset back. • The Tight End turns his head left until he is actually looking at the QB, and then snaps the ball with his left hand like we did as kids playing sand lot football. We have the tight end grip the ball like you would throw a pass, and then under-hand whip it back to the QB. Some people refer to it as a long snap pass. • Note: The Tight end must snap it back with some velocity or the QB could get run down from behind.
Legalities of the Snap • Based on the rules (R4 S30 A9 and R4 S30 A14), there’s nothing that would indicate that the snap is illegal. As long as the snap is a quick and continuous backward motion of the ball during which the the ball immediately leaves the hands of the snapper and touches a back or the ground before an A lineman the snap is legal. There is no requirement that the ball be snapped between the snapper’s legs.
Learning Curve • Since we run the same patterns in both formations the learning curve for the QB, receivers, and backs is small. • The blocking for the line is the same as PITCH/TOSS/SUPERPOWER (Double Wing Talk), so the learning curve for the line is small. • The line must work on getting set quickly, (Tight End first then Right Tackle and so on down the line), thus allowing the defense only a minuscule amount time to adjust.
The Reverse • We run Power Wing until the defense over shifts, or until the the defense sells out and brings the corner and or end to chase from behind. • We then hit them with Power Wing reverse. • The reverse is an inside hand off that is run inside, so the FB and WB would kick out hard chargers and we would run inside them.
The Bunch Attack • Last year Ted Seay, turned many onto the The Bunch Attack: Using Compressed Formations In the Passing Game (Andrew Coverdale and Dan Robinson). • These compressed formations in my opinion are perfect for both the Power Wing and Double Wing. • We run the “Mesh” route package from both formations
Power Wing Bunch Jet Sweep. • One play that we want to try this year is the Jet Sweep out of this formation . • Send Wing Back in motion across the formation then Tight End direct snaps to him. • Wing Back has a full head of steam at the snap on the outside of the formation . • The Wing Back should be off to the races.
Why we use this formation. • This type of snap is much simpler to teach than the indirect-snap. • We have found this to be a good formation in bad/cold weather, due to the snap being so easy (No fumbles). • The great thing about this formation is the versatility of not needing a true QB to take the snap. So we let the linemen run the ball from this formation as a reward. • Note: If you have a left handed Tight End, you could mirror all of the above plays. • It’s a fun formation for the kids to run.