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Playing a 4-3 Under and a 4-3 Stack Defense

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© August, 2008

by “Ty” Scroggins, Head Coach Terry Rice-Locket, Defensive Coordinator Norman Al
Louisville Central High School, Louisville, KY

During my first four years as a head coach my defense did not have an identity. I went through three defensive coordinators and four different base fronts. The kids were confused and were being led in the wrong direction. We were good at stopping the pass, but no one really passed in our conference. We could not stop the run. Within the first four years we gave up 23.5 points a game and made the playoffs just once.

    Something had to change if we were going to be successful; we needed an identity. Going into my fifth and final year at Doss High School I hired a friend of mine that played with me at the University of Louisville and later went on to play professionally to help with the defense. Terry Rice-Locket came in with ideas and concepts I was familiar with; that is, a 4-3 defense with some Under and Over. That final year at Doss and our first year at Central High School, we gave up 19 points a game, made the playoffs both years and this year won our first 3A State Championship using this philosophy of defense.

    We play a 4-3 Under on early downs and a 4-3 Stack on passing downs. We love the versatility and the different blitzes that we can give you from the Under front. Additionally, we are able to outnumber the offense on both sides. We play some zone but for the purpose of ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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