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10 Steps to Scoring

10 Steps to Scoring

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want to thank the AFCAfor allowing me this opportunity to speak aboutGeorgetown College Football. Severalweeks ago, I was one of the fortunatecoaches to be preparing for a playoff gamewhen a member of the AFCAstaff called and asked me to speak. I had to pinchmyself to see if I was dreaming. For so manyyears I sat in the front row at this convention,as well as every clinic I could go to, takingnotes and thinking someday and then Iwould wake up to reality. This is a greathonor and goes to show you that dreamingand visualizing can be worthwhile.As an assistant for 14 years, I was influ-enced by some great people, three ofwhom I thoroughly enjoyed coaching with.Kevin Donley, my mentor, the man whobegan this scoring tradition at GeorgetownCollege, was a great inspiration to mebecause of his persistence to makeGeorgetown College a national power.Ernie Horning, our defensive coordinator atthe time, was a master motivator and agreat teacher of life long lessons. Stewart“Red” Faught, a legend of small collegefootball and the guru of the run-and-shootoffense, set a new trend for GeorgetownCollege football. It is these experiencesthat have enabled me to return toGeorgetown as the head coach and contin-ue the Tiger tradition.What a tremendous experience wewere part of this past season. Ranked No.1 in the country for 13 straight weeks,undefeated up to the final week when wemet our match, a fine football team fromNorthwestern Oklahoma State University,who we played for the national champi-onship. Prior to that, we flew for the firsttime in school history to California to takeon the defending national champions andwere successful. It was a great year!Before I go any further, let me say this.In 1991, I was a part of the NAIAchampi-onship game between Georgetown andPacific Lutheran, and it was a very memo-rable experience for everyone involved.However, the strides that have been madeby the NAIA, with the help of Team HardinCounty, is unbelievable. I really commendeveryone involved with the championshipseries. It is totally a first class operationand one that our coaches and players areexcited about participating in again.I feel very humbled in speaking todaybecause I know many of you are muchmore qualified than I. The more I prepared,the more I realized all I can do is tell youhow we at Georgetown College have beenapproaching things the past three seasons.We have been called the most prolificoffense in NAIAhistory. Now, I am not surewhat that means. It is one of those fancyterms my sports information director uses,who by the way does a great job, but I doknow that we averaged 583 yards pergame, which is over 8,100 yards for theseason. That is the highest single-seasontotal in NAIAhistory. We scored 710 pointsthis season, the second time in ourschool’s history to score over 700 points ina season, the only school to ever achievethat. The stat that I like the most is 97touchdowns by 15 different players. Now, Iam not a statistics person and pay very lit-tle attention to them however, those are notbad numbers. When we score 30 points,everyone is asking, What’s wrong? Wehave spoiled our fans and that’s a goodproblem to have!I'd like to begin by pointing out some ofthe things we try to emphasize atGeorgetown to help us develop an attitudeabout scoring. Just four seasons ago, theTigers went through four years of averag-ing just 20 points per game. The last threeseasons we have averaged 40 points, andthis past season 50 points, all because ofattitude!
Ten Steps to Score1. Must have coaches who believe inyour system.
Everyone must be committed and offen-sive coaches and defensive coaches mustbelieve without a doubt that it will work. Iam fortunate to have a great staff, three ofwhom are with me today: Craig Mullins, myoffensive coordinator, Dave Campbell, mydefensive coordinator, and Bruce Owens,my recruiting coordinator, who obviouslydoes a great job because he supplies uswith all the very talented athletes whomake us all look good.These guys believe in what we do!
2. Brainwash our players with ourphilosophy.
I remember the first spring practice andsitting with the offense in a room talkingabout the success of this offense. How itwill score 40 points per game! They alllooked at me like I was crazy until I showedthem how it had worked before in college,in high school, and in 1991 when we wonthe national championship. We convincedthese players that it will happen, not that itcan happen!
Bill CroninHead CoachGeorgetown CollegeGeorgetown, Ky.
It’s More Fun to Score
Our philosophy is very simple but catchyand sincere. It was taken from the finestoffensive football coach I have ever beenaround, Red Faught. I am sure most of youknow him; he coached 36 years at FranklinCollege in Indiana. The philosophy is this —Stay loose, go reckless, and score! And wetruly believe that. Let the defensive guys teardown the lockers and we stay loose.
3. Practice scoring.
Every drill we do we emphasize scoring,demand that they get into the end zone atfull speed! In team drills, we want the line-men to get excited, run to the end zone andgive high-fives. Practice it. Get used to it. Itallows you to have fun in practice.
4. Must play good, sound defense.
Your players must realize how importantthe defense is to the offenses scoring. This is something our coordinators did a great jobof, they complimented each other. It isamazing how much easier it is to scorewhen you start on the 40-50 yard linebecause your defense put you there. It isalso a lot easier to gamble and take chanceswhen you know your defense is going tomake it tough for your opponent to score. Ihate to punt and I hate to kick field goals, butmy staff and players know it and are not sur-prised when we go for seven points insteadof being happy with three. Because of ourdefense, we went for it on fourth down 42times this season. Our opponents went for it18 times. That is a big difference.
5. We use a tool box approach.
Don’t bring a hammer when you need ascrewdriver. We feel like we have a specif-ic tool for whatever you do to us ondefense. Then it is all about picking theright tool and executing.During the game, my offensive coordi-nator is in the press box watching the farside, I am watching the near side and myoffensive line coach watches the box. Eachof them will give me a call, and I will decidewhat we run. My other offensive coachesare watching personnel, and when they seea weakness, they communicate that to me.I never want to know what the defense isdoing, but tell me what we should run. Thisenables us to pick the proper tool.
6. Execution is the key! Know yourconversion downs letter perfect!
You have to practice it 1,000 timesbecause 999 is not enough. This is proba-bly what we do best and practice. I believewe have a very organized way of practicingwhat is important every day.We spend a lot of time on third downplays; it is easy to call plays on first andsecond down, but not every play will gainyou 10 or 12 yards. You can select theproper tools to score or advance the ball,but if you don’t execute your proper toolshave done you no good.
7. Have a plan and practice all situa-tions possible.
We always want our players to feel thatwe have a plan, no matter what the situationmight demand. I believe this puts them atease. For example; two-point conversionplays, two-minute offense, backed up toyour goal line, the last four minutes of thegame, the last three plays of the game, spe-cials, touchdown now, overtime, safety. Thebottom line is: Practice and have a purpose!
8. Recognize players weekly.
However you do it, you must do it.Players love to be recognized in front oftheir peers and we all do and we try to do itas often as we can. The thing we try tofocus on is extra effort performances, notevery catch or touchdown, but big hits, div-ing catches, breaking tackles. The enthusi-asm and the effort as a result becomescontagious.
9. Expect everyone to coach andcoach up!
We believe we have the largest coach-ing staff anywhere. Expect your players tocoach when they are not actually involvedin the play. What this does is forces playersto get mental reps. Aperson can only getso many physical reps, but mental reps areunlimited. When the players really getinvolved with this, your young player devel-ops faster and contributes sooner.
10. Utilize the three S’s (Scoringpass, Sideline pass, and Shovel pass)
What I would like to do is share part ofour system with you, a part that we reallyhave had a great deal of success with. Theplayers love it because they know we don’tgo into a game without our three S’s.First let’s look at our basic formations:Diagram 1. This is our run and shoot for-mation that we probably use 70-75 percentof the time. We never go into a game think-ing we are going to run it a certain percent-age, it just depends on the tools we need.Diagram 2 is our goal line formation.Even though we call it the goal line doesn’tmean we won’t use it elsewhere on thefield. We like this formation a lot because itis so different from the run-and-shoot for-mation. In the goal line formation, we like touse a deep motion and a long motion. Wewill sweep quite often to the quick side andrun power, hard-nosed-type plays to thestrong side; it depends on how you want todefend us. That dictates what tools we use.In Diagram 3 you will see the scoringpass, the first of the three S’s. The quarter-back will fake to the right half, look at theright half and then hit the left halfback ortight end. This is a great play on the goalline or inside the 10 yard line.In Diagram 4, we have the sidelinepass. Now we have no motion and thequarterback will five-step drop and read thecornerback coverage. The left half will arcrelease on the cornerback. If he closes onhim, then go deep. If he can’t close then hewill run and out cut. This is a great play ifyou are playing against a weak defensiveback and you want to take advantage ofhim.
Diagram 2:Goal LineDiagram 1:Run-and-Shoot FormationDiagram 3:Scoring PassDiagram 4:Sideline Pass

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