On Saturday, the Arkansas State Red Wolves dominated the Georgia State Panthers in a 52-10 win. The Red Wolves’ tight ends combined for three receiving touchdowns in the game. Two of those three scores came on a well designed goal line pass play drawn up by head coach Blake Anderson and the Red Wolves coaching staff.
One of the most common goal line playaction passes is a flood pattern that involves one receiver deep to the right side, one receiver crossing from left to right, and a fullback/H-back slipping into the right flat (This can also be reversed and run to the left as well. Teams with right handed quarterbacks their quarterback rolling right rather than left (and vice-versa), so a roll out to the right is more common.). A-State put a twist on this play by using the same route combination, but having their Y-tight end fake a block before trailing the H-Back into the flat. The defenders overreacted to the first flat route both times the Red Wolves dialed this play up, and the Y-tight end came wide open for two easy touchdowns.
Late in the first quarter, A-State ran this play for the first time. They lined up in a pistol formation with two tight ends and a H-Back to the right and a split end tight to the left. The play was designed for the offensive line and running back Johnston White to fake an outside zone run to the left, and let quarterback Fredi Knighten roll out to the right.
Here we see H-Back Warren Leaphart is running to the flat and the defense is focused on covering him. Y-tight end Kenneth Rains still has his hands on the outside linebacker as he sells his block. There are three defenders in the area to cover Leaphart and Rains, and prevent Knighten from running.
Rains came off of the block and sat down in an open space in the end zone. Leaphart continued to the flat and two of the three defenders followed him, while the other rushed Knighten. This left Rains wide open, and Knighten hit him for a touchdown.Late in the game in another goal line situation, Anderson dialed up this play again, this time from a different formation. The Red Wolves lined up in a shotgun split backs formation. The outside zone fake went to running back Terrence Hollingsworth to the left, while the other back, Daryl Rollins-Davis, faked a slice block before slipping into the right flat.
Here, we see the line slide to the left and tight end Warren Leaphart did a great job selling his block. The defense was frozen by the run action and this left Georgia State with three defenders to defend the right flat.One defender rushed Knighten and, once again, two ran to Rollins-Davis in the flat. Leaphart came off his block, trailed behind Rollins-Davis, and sat down in the open space. Knighten hit him for another easy touchdown.
This is a really nice goal line pass concept, and one that is becoming more and more popular across the nation. The playaction rollout with the H-Back/fullback to the flat is so common, and often defenses are prepared to take that flat route away. By having another player fake a block before trailing the H-Back/fullback into the flat, an offense can take advantage of overaggressive play by a defense and, hopefully, get a receiver wide open for an easy touchdown. Anderson and the A-State coaching staff did a nice job with the design of this play, and it worked to perfection both times.