Category Archives: Nine (9)-Man Triple Option Football

9-Man Triple Option Football: Running the Zone Option

In Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, nine-man football is played at nearly 200 high schools.

The Triple Option game is the same except that there aren’t any Wide Receivers; however, this means that there aren’t any Defensive Deep Defenders either.

Everything else remains the same, except the Tackles are called ENDS and they are eligible to catch a pass.

On Triple Option, when you don’t get four yards on a give to the B-Back, run the Zone Option.  This is what Navy has done for years.

Here’s how to execute the Zone Option in 9-man football:

The End and Guard double #1 (first defender from the Playside End out); The Center and Backside slide to the playside; B-Back loads off-End and blocks the Mike to the Free Safety; Finally, the Quarterback and B-Back are 2-on-1 versus #2 (1st defender on or past #1)

For more information on the Triple Option Football Academy for 9-man football, contact 570.332.0265.


Nine (9) Man Triple Option Football–Triple Option versus 5-2 Defense

Nine (9) man football is played in Minnesota and the Dakotas.

The Navy/Georgia Tech Triple Option is the same in 9-man as 11-man.  In 9-man football, the Receivers are eliminated.  When this occurs, the defense’s Deep Defenders are eliminated as well.

Here is the Triple Option versus the 5-2-2 Defense:


Just as in 11-man Triple Option football, the Playside A has #3 (run support) while the Quarterback cancels #1 and #2.

The Playside is responsible for the Mike and the Free Safety while the Center and Backside Guard must keep the 0-technique on the Backside of the play.

On Triple, the Backside Tackle must cancel the Backside B-gap.  

The B-Back runs through the Playside Guard while the Backside A-Back runs the pitch route.

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Access to the Largest Library of Triple Option Offensive Football Coaching Material

The Triple Option Football Academy gives you and your assistant coaches the following plethora of resources:

  1. Video Library
  2. 2016 Triple Option Football Academy Clinic
  3. Dr. Cella’s State Championship Level Clients in Action
  4. Online Classroom
  5. Interactive Playbook
  6. Drill Guide
  7. Audio Series by Topic
  8. Webinar
  9. Message Board
  10. 24-Hour/Day On-Call Support

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