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VARIATIONS ON FOUR-VERTICALS

by Dustin Humphreys
Assistant Coach Tates Creek High School (KY)

The four verticals play is no stranger to the spread offense, but has become an under-utilized weapon. Many teams, especially at the high school level, tend to only run four verticals out of a two-by-two formation with outside receivers running down the numbers and the inside receivers getting down the seams. Defensive coverages can sometimes be predictable from specific offensive formations, like a spread two-by-two or trips, and game situations, such as at the end of a half or on first down near the 50-yard line. Therefore, if you know what defense you will face from a specific formation in a spe ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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