Navy Took a 20-3 Lead on Fordham After Running Heavy Slot Left, Midline Left

Navy knew that if they went Heavy, they would get a 3-technique to the Heavy side.  Also, Navy knew that by taking the A-Back out into the slot, that they would remove the fold player on the Midline Double Option.  Once the 3-technique cancelled the B-Back, the Quarterback replaced the 3-technique and ran into the end zone.  This concept is called Heavy Slot Left, Midline Left.  Here is the diagram of Heavy Slot Left, Midline Left:

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The perimeter stalks the defenders aligned on them.  Since the Midline Double Option is an A to a B-gap play, the flank is cancelled by alignment.  Both Playside Tackles (this is why the formation is called HEAVY) High Pressure Control the defender on them.  This means that they must cancel the inside half of the defender’s body on this block.  Navy base blocks when they High Pressure Control while Georgia Tech utilizes a totally different technique.  Tech vertically climbs and then anchors down when they are at the HIGHEST point on the defender.  

The Inside Tackle is uncovered so he vertically works to the Mike to the Free, and the Playside Guard veers inside the 3 to the Mike to the Free as well.  On the Backside, the Center, Backside Guard, Backside Tackle (who is actually the Backside Receiver aligned as the Backside Tackle), and the Backside A have all of the adjacent backside gaps.

The Quarterback takes the snap, jumps into the Backside A-gap, points the ball, gives to the B-Back unless the 3-technique can tackle the B-Back.  He does so the Quarterback re-seats the ball, steps with his playside foot, replaces the 3-technique, and scores.  

You can view this play at the :45 mark right here.

This put Navy up 20-3 and allowed them to win 52-17 over Fordham.


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