Author Archives: Dr. Lou Cella

Dr. Cella’s Triple Option Quarterback Podcast (2013)

Listen here:

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/lou-cella/episodes/2013-10-19T21_48_23-07_00

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648 Plays Run In 3 Days

If you ran 648 offensive plays at the high school level, you would’ve played a 14-game season as the national high school average is 48 Offensive plays run/game.

This is the reality of what we do at your Triple Option Football Academy Camp.

At our last camp, the Triple Option, Zone Option, Triple Pass, Paul Johnson’s 60/70 Series, Zone Dive, Heavy Package, Rocket Toss, and Midline Lead were run a combined total of 648 times.

Players and coaches are taught the proper installation sequence and the priorities of each concept so they can learn fast and play right away. Coaches learn the exact reason why each concept is playcalled as done by Army, Navy, and Kennesaw. Situational Football is the cornerstone of Dr. Cella’s Cognitive-Based Psychodynamic approach.

Camps have already occurred in two time zones, and next week, Dr. Cella heads to his third time zone to install the triple option offense the right way the first time. If you’re interested in running a camp at YOUR high school this summer with YOUR high school football program, connect with Dr. Cella at 570.332.0265.

The Future of the Flexbone

Somebody asked me today about the future of the Flexbone Offense.

Well…

FBS

Army just finished #19 in the country after winning 11 games for the first time EVER. Army has been playing football since 1891 and they do not give out athletic scholarships.


FCS

Kennesaw State just finished #4 in the country. They’ve had the sport of football for four years.


Division-2

Lenoir-Rhyne went from 3 wins (2017), installed the Flexbone in 2018, and won 12 games in 2018. This nine-game swing was the greatest turnaround in all of Division-2.


Answer: The future looks awesome. Stay tuned for more success in 2019. —Dr. Cella

1.5%

The Flexbone Triple Option Offense is a distinctive Offense.

This is because 1.5% of all FBS schools run this unique offense.  In 2019, the 1.5% is Army and Navy.

However, it’s unbelievably powerful to be different.  Because when you ARE different, great things happen.

Army = #19 final ranking in FBS (2018)

Navy = Bowl appearances in 14 out of the last 16 seasons.

Neither of the schools offer athletic scholarships.  

In fact, Army’s leading rusher last year, Darnell Woolfolk was going to go to Division-3 Ithaca, until Army West Point came calling.

When you install the Flexbone Triple Option Offense, you install a team-first approach… and in today’s “afraid to be different” coaching climate, this makes you a BIG part of the solution.

So install the Flexbone Triple Option Offense.  As Army Head Football Coach Jeff Monken says, 

“you don’t have to have the best players to win — you have to have the best team to win.”


Have your Flexbone Triple Option Offense ready to go for 2019.  Dr. Cella has worked with HUNDREDS of high school football coaches, and he relentlessly makes certain that all his clients install the offense the right way the first time.  Connect with him at 570.332.0265.

Here’s How to Create Your Success Story by This November

In 2016, Pamlico County (NC) won two (2) games and scored 108 points.

In 2017, after hosting a Triple Option Football Academy Camp with Dr. Cella, Pamlico County won nine (9) games and made it to the North Carolina Class 1A State Quarterfinals–all while scoring 508 points.

In 2018, Pamlico County went to the North Carolina Class 1A State Championship Game with 31 players on the team, 12 of which were freshmen.  They scored 638 points and averaged 43 points/game.  Four days after the game, Torrey was named Head Football Coach at New Bern High School (NC), a 4A school.

“The Triple Option Academy was huge for us as a program here at Pamlico County High School. Teams that thrive at the 1A level run system based offenses and that’s what the Triple Option Academy gave us. Dr. Cella came out and worked with my players and myself.  Dr. Cella helped put the system in place for us while we were in our spring football period. Offensively we went from scoring a total of 108 points in 2016 to scoring 508 points in 2017. The Triple Option Academy played a huge role in points scored for us. I am super excited to see what the future has in store for us in the second season of running this new offense.”

— Torrey Nowell, Head Football Coach, after his 2017 season.


Dr. Lou Cella, Sport and Performance Psychologist, educates you and your coaches on how to install the Army-Navy, Georgia Tech Triple Option Offense the right way the first time—with the Triple Option Football Academy and Triple Option Football Academy Camps.


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From 2015-2017, Tussey Mountain High School (PA) went 2-28 including a 1-9 season in 2017.  In 2018, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Tussey Mountain won 8 games and went to the District 5 Class A Semifinals in Anthony Sottasante’s first season as head coach.


Before the 2010 season, Falls City HS (TX) had never won a regional championship in school history.  In 2010, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Falls City HS (TX) won the Regional and State Championship for the first time in school history in Texas while scoring 680 points in 15 games.


In 2011, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Bayfield HS (CO) had an undefeated regular season for the first time since 1996 and advanced to the State Championship game in Colorado.  They did this with an Offensive Line that averaged 180 pounds.


In 2013, after working with Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Dr. Lou Cella, Cashmere High School (WA) broke the school record for rushing yards, broke the school record for total offensive yards, and went to the Class A State Semifinals.


In 2010, Timmonsville HS (SC) was running the Spread Offense and finished the 2010 season with a 1-9 record.  In 2011, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Timmonsville went to the South Carolina Class A State Semifinals and with a roster of 21 players.


In 2017, after becoming a Triple Option Football Academy client and working with Dr. Cella, Rainier (WA) had their best season in 26 years, reached the state playoffs for the first time since 1991, and made it to the Washington Class 2B State Quarterfinals.


In 2015, after running a camp with Dr. Lou Cella as Camp Director, Odessa-Harrington (WA) scored 508 points in 11 games, averaged 46 points/game, made it to the Washington State 8-Man Football State Quarterfinals, and did all this with a roster of 20 players.

In 2016, Odessa-Harrington went 12-0 and played in the Washington Class 1B State Championship.


In 2014, George Bacalles was hired as Head Football Coach at Corning High School (NY) after serving as Assistant Coach for several years, and that same year, Corning went to the State Quarterfinals after their Triple Option Football Academy and Triple Option Football Academy Camp.


In 2011, Piedra Vista (NM) was running the spread offense and won three (3) games.  In 2012, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Piedra Vista won nine (9) games and made it to the New Mexico AAA State Quarterfinals.


Before the 2011 season, Hollister San Benito HS (CA) had not won their conference championship, the TCAL, in seven (7) years.  In 2011, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Hollister San Benito HS (CA) won the TCAL Conference Championship, went undefeated in conference play, and made it to the CIF Division 1 State Quarterfinals.


In 2011, after working with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Seminole County (GA) broke the school record for wins in a season and advanced to the Georgia Class A State Quarterfinals.


In 2010, Johnson HS (NJ) had their worst season since 2005.  Because of this, Johnson HS (NJ) hired Head Coach, Mike Mancino; however, Coach Mancino was hired only two months before the start of training camp.  In 2011, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director,  Johnson HS (NJ) made the State Quarterfinals.


Before the 2011 season, Lakewood HS (SC) had one winning season in school history.  In 2011, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Lakewood HS (SC) started the season 5-0 for the first time in school history, broke the school record for wins in a season (8), and made the playoffs.


In 2017, after becoming a Triple Option Football Academy client and working with Dr. Cella, Kasson-Mantorville (MN) had their first undefeated regular season in nearly 10 years, averaged 35 points/game, and over 300 yards rushing/game.


In 2016, Hancock County (KY) won three (3) games.  In 2017, after becoming a Triple Option Football Academy client and working with Dr. Cella, Hancock County won seven (7) games, had their first winning season in 5 years, and made it to the second round of the 2017 Kentucky Class 2A State Playoffs.


In 2013, after working with Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou Cella, Hereford HS (MD) won the Baltimore County Division I Football Conference Championship in Head Coach Steve Turnbaugh’s final season as Head Football Coach.  After Hereford’s seventh-straight win in 2013, Steve retired after a 19-year career coaching his son, Brock, and coaching at his alma mater.


In 2011,  Temple City High School (CA) went 1-9.  In 2012, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Temple City went from one (1) win to five (5) wins and obtained a playoff berth.


In 2009 and 2010, Poland Regional HS (ME) won a grand total of two games.  The school hired Head Football Coach, Ted Tibbetts, less than two months before the start of training camp.  In 2011, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Poland Regional HS (ME), earned the best winning percentage in school history, won twice as many games as they had the previous two seasons and broke school records for rushing, passing, and points scored.


Before the 2010 season, Riverwood HS (GA) had not won five (5) games in a season since 2005.  In 2011, after running a camp with Lou Cella as Camp Director, Riverwood High School (GA) won five (5) games in a season for the first time since 2005.


Shadow Ridge (NV) went from one (1) win in 2015 to five (5) wins in 2016, and led Nevada’s largest classification, Class 4A, in rushing with 305 yards/game after their Triple Option Football Academy Camp with Dr. Cella.


In 2018, Sargent (CO) had an 8-1 regular season record and went to the Colorado Class A State Playoffs after their Triple Option Football Academy Camp with Dr. Cella.


Dr. Cella has empowered hundreds of coaches and football programs with the Triple Option Offense.  If you are interested in becoming a client, connect with Dr. Cella at 570.332.0265.

Paul Johnson’s Triple Option Runner Checklist

Paul Johnson Triple Option Tips

Backside A-Back
_____ Backside A-back’s option route is five yards behind the Quarterback.
_____ A-back will take three more steps and turn up with Quarterback.
_____ When backside A-back catches the pitch, he will run wherever the blocking seam is.
B-Back
_____ He is the dive aspect of the play.
_____ B-back is five yards from front of the ball, and he can move up in alignment if he is slower.
_____ He must know interior Offensive Line blocking scheme.
_____ B-back has his backside toes curled in stance to prevent false stepping.
_____ 1st step is 6 inches.
_____ Takeoff is full speed through the ball, just like a plane.
_____ B-back’s aiming point is inside leg of guard.
_____ He reads the action key and breaks behind the center if there is a 0 technique.
_____ He does not bend back with “Ace” call (Center/Guard Double Team).
Quarterback
_____ Reads #1 and Options #2.
_____ He gets his 2nd step in ground and stares at read.
_____ The decision to give is made when the B-back is past his front foot.
_____ Gives ball if #1 does not take B-back–#1 must be able to get his head in front of the ball.
_____ Running Quarterback—when in doubt, pull it out.
_____ Non-running Quarterback—when in doubt, give.
_____ If #1 and #2 come hard, the option turns into a toss sweep. The Quarterback will get his 2nd step in the ground  (need this to create space from the defender) and option off #2.  If #2 does not come he will keep the ball. When #2 turns toward Quarterback, he will pitch the ball with his thumb down.
_____ Practice versus the easy stunt (2-1 exchange).

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