The Offense for the Underdog Football Program



NOTHING’S WORSE THAN GETTING GRABBED AND FORCED BEHIND THE WOODSHED. You want to run the ball; however, you end up struggling to get positive yardage.

Truth is, when you’re at a big-time program with lots of numbers and tradition, it doesn’t affect you at all. You simply flip a switch. That gives you light, and you carry on business without interruption.

But there are a lot of coaches who don’t have access to this kind of always-on DNA.  So, most coaches have to do things that they really don’t want to do: They visit colleges, buy DVDs, and take their assistant coaches to endless weekend clinics in order to gain coaching skills and overcome their players’ shortcomings.  All this usually is a big waste of money. You don’t get anything systematically concrete, and it’s really dangerous to teach football in an abstract form.

If you or I have the power to change this situation, we should use it.

As you already know, you have to win the line of scrimmage to win the football game.

Coach, the solution for those who want to win by running the ball, control the first level, and do so without ever having to block Defensive Linemen is right here.

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.


“The biggest thing for us is that it gave our kids the opportunity to work together in our offensive system before the season started–the techniques and fundamentals they learned was so big, so was the team bonding, and so was having an outside source (Lou Cella) teaching them–this was invaluable.”

– Mark Kirchhoff, Head Football Coach

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.


“We were looking to take that next step, and felt that a camp might be just what the doctor ordered. We were not disappointed. We were already committed to the triple option, but the camp brought a much higher level of focus and understanding to our team, both players and coaches. Now when we tell our kids to ‘trust the system’ they know what we’re talking about.”

– Marshall Hahn, Head Football Coach

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.


“The value of the camp cannot be measured in dollars and cents, although if you approach it from that angle it was a very cost effective strategy for us. I know many coaches would rather install an offense the traditional way by researching it, visiting colleges that run the offense and then picking coaches for information. The offense is then modified for their use using trial and error to develop the offense that best suits their high school’s team needs.

I have used that same strategy and I know that it takes about 3 years to really gain an understanding of the offense and get players to execute it at a high level. Consequently in the research method you do not have any collaboration with experts that are readily available when questions arise or resources that have consistency. We knew that we had a good group of kids for the next couple of years and wanted to give them an offense that they could be successful with immediately.

We also concluded that by the time we visited colleges, bought DVDs, playbooks, and sent players to college camps to gain skills, we would have invested many times the cost of the camp. The cost effectiveness of the system coupled with its immediate impact and continued collaboration from the association made the camp an easy decision for us that has already paid big dividends and will continue to pay off in future seasons.”

– Dr. Jimmy Woods, Head Football Coach

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

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

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