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Win the Time of Possession Battle with the Triple Option Offense

In 2017, four of the top eight FBS programs that lead college football in time of possession were Triple Option football programs.

Time of Possession

1 Navy 12 430 35
2 Michigan St. 12 422 35
3 Wisconsin 13 457 35
4 Ga. Southern 12 408 34
5 Army West Point 12 405 33
6 Mississippi St. 12 404 33
7 Georgia Tech 11 368 33
8 Air Force 12 401 33

Navy lead the FBS by possessing the football 35 minutes/game.

Army, Georgia Tech, and Air Force all averaged the football for 33 minutes/game.

The Triple Option Offense is the way to go if you want to control the game.

Hancock County (KY)

In 2016, Hancock County 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.

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“The Triple Option Football Academy was instrumental in our program’s success this year.  It gave us the tools to become better coaches and provided us with the answers to make in game adjustments that gave our kids a chance to be successful.  This led to our players becoming more confident in themselves and our coaching staff.  Practices and Game planning became streamlined and everything we did had a purpose.  We are true believers in this offense and the knowledge we have gained through the Triple Option Football Academy has laid the foundation for continued success in the future.”

— Bobby Eubanks, Head Football Coach


How About The Fact that the Top Four FBS Teams in Yards Per Completion (2017) are All Triple Option Teams?

That’s right–in 2017 the top four FBS teams in yards per completion are the following:

1 Navy 12 42 101 1005 23.93
2 Georgia Tech 11 43 119 927 21.56
3 Air Force 12 69 143 1321 19.14
4 Army West Point 12 19 61 355 18.68

Navy averages 24 yards every time they complete a pass.  

Georgia Tech averages 22 yards every time they complete a pass.

Air Force and Army average 19 yards every time they complete a pass.

In 2016, here were the top four FBS teams in yards per completion…

If you are looking for a quick-strike offense–look no further than the Triple Option Offense.

Rainier (WA)

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.


“Rainier Football has played around with the triple for a few years.  This past season we went to the Triple Option Academy and had our school’s best season in 26 years (7-3, losing twice to the defending state champs) and reaching the State Playoffs for the first time since 1991.  The part that impressed me the most was Dr. Cella’s availability throughout the season.  Whenever we called with detail questions about the system, he had time for us.”

— Terry Shaw, Head Football Coach

Four of the Top Five 2017 FBS Rushing Offenses are Triple Option Offenses

The Triple Option Offense was devastating in 2017.

In 2017, Army West Point averaged 355.8 yards/game.  This was the best in major college football.  In addition, they averaged 6.12 yards/run, and ran for 45 touchdowns.    Army averaged 58 rushes/game and won their first Commander-in-Chief trophy in 22 seasons.

Navy finished #2 with 343 yards/game.  They averaged 64 rushes/game.

Air Force and Georgia Tech tied for #4 with 307.4 yards/game.

1 Army West Point 12 698 4270 6.12 45 355.8
2 Navy 12 746 4116 5.52 35 343.0
3 Arizona 12 570 3893 6.83 48 324.4
4 Air Force 12 765 3689 4.82 38 307.4
Georgia Tech 11 632 3381 5.35 30 307.4

Pamlico County (NC)

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.

“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

A Big Reason Why Academies Run the Triple Option

Read A Big Reason Why Academies Run the Triple Option right here.

Why the Triple Option Still Works After 53 Years of Service

The Triple Option was established in 1964.

Last year was the first time EVER that Army, Navy, and Air Force–all Triple Option schools–all won eight games in a season.

Last year was the first time in the Citadel’s 109-year history that they started the season 10-0.  The Citadel is a Triple Option school as well.

Georgia Tech won nine games last year too.

Want to know why all the schools’ unique offense works?

Read why right here:


Flexbone Triple Option Core Value #1

There are three core values that the Triple Option Head Football Coach must get across to his players and assistant coaches:

The first core value of the Flexbone Triple Option Offense is the following: Throw verticals for touchdowns.

The days of running the Flexbone Triple Option for three yards and a cloud of dust are long gone.

Georgia Tech Head Football Coach, Paul Johnson doesn’t make $3 million/year because his Flexbone Triple Option Offense gets three yards and a cloud of dust….

Paul makes $3 million/year because the Flexbone Triple Option Offense creates big plays.

In 2016, Georgia Tech averaged 20 yards per completion (#2 in FBS).

Georgia Tech’s skill position players get open and catch verticals.

Also, in 2016, Air Force averaged 26 yards/completion (#1 in FBS), Navy offered 19 yards/completion (#3 in FBS), and Army averaged 18 yards/completion (#4 FBS).

The Flexbone Triple Option Offense is designed to get defenses to sacrifice pass coverage for run support.

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You do the math.

This is how Flexbone Triple Option teams go from good to great….

And this is the first core value that you state to your players regarding the Flexbone Triple Option Offense.

Triple Option — The Statistical, Top-Ranked, Quick-Strike Pass Offense of 2016

  • There are 128 Division-1 FBS Football Programs.
  • Air Force (#1), Georgia Tech (#2), Navy (#3), and Army (#4) led the FBS in yards per completion.
  • Air Force averaged 26 yards/completion, Georgia Tech averaged 20 yards/completion, Navy averaged 19 yards/completion, and Army averaged 18 yards/completion.
  • These four FBS Football programs combined to average 21 yards per completion.

FBS Yards per Completion–2016

1 Air Force 13 68 150 1752 25.76
2 Georgia Tech 13 83 160 1679 20.23
3 Navy 14 93 158 1794 19.29
4 Army West Point 13 54 123 967 17.91

The Triple Option is the top-ranked quick strike Offense of 2016.

Learn how to run the Army/Navy/Georgia Tech Triple Option Offense with the following:

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Which Division 1 Schools Run the Under-Center Triple Option?

The Division-1 schools who run the Under-Center Triple Option are the following:

Georgia Tech- #7 in FBS at 256 yards rushing/game.

Navy- #2 in FBS at 335 yards rushing/game.

Army West Point-#9 in FBS at 253 yards rushing/game.

Air Force- #3 in FBS at 333 yards rushing/game.

The Citadel- #2 in FCS at 344 yards rushing/game.

Kennesaw State- #5 in FCS at 295 yards rushing/game.

Some of these schools run a little shotgun; however, the super majority of their offense is Under Center. 

Two State Semifinalists, A State Finalist, and a State Champion in Texas have Come out of Dr. Cella’s Triple Option Football System In Four Years

Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Dr. Lou Cella, is a Sports Performance Specialist, and a 20-year coaching veteran of the college and high school level.  

Triple Option Football Academy Owner, Lou Cella

Dr. Cella assisted in the turnaround of numerous high school football programs through his triple option-based camp system. Just months after Dr. Cella served as camp director, Cashmere (WA) and Timmonsville (SC) went to the state semifinals, Bayfield (CO) went to the state championship game, and Falls City (TX) won their first regional and first state championship in school history.

Also, Corning (NY), Hereford (MD), Johnson (NJ), Lakewood (SC), Petaluma (CA), Piedra Vista (NM), Poland (ME), Riverwood (GA), San Benito (CA), Seminole County (GA), and Temple City (CA) posted drastic turnarounds just months after Dr. Cella served as their camp director.

Additionally, Dr. Cella has coached three current NFL players who have been drafted within the last two years.  In 2015, Kevin White (Wide Receiver) was drafted #7 overall by the Chicago Bears and Mark Glowinski (Offensive Guard) was drafted in the fourth round by the Seattle Seahawks.  In 2014, Lorenzo Taliaferro (Running Back) was drafted in the fourth round by the Baltimore Ravens.  All three players were coached by Dr. Cella at the Junior College Level.

At the heart of the American Football High Performance Academy (AFHPA) and the Triple Option Football Academy is the mission to lead the high-performance football environment through sports science and mental conditioning coaching practices.

Contact: (570) 332-0265