This is a guest article written for FootballXOs.com by Adam Hovorka. Coach Hovorka introduces his Ice Play from the Spread Offense.

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Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator
Schreiber HS, Port Washington, NY
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We are a multiple formation Spread Offense that will read the run game about 90% of the time. We want our QB out in space with the ability to attach RPO’s to our read game. About halfway through this past season we realized that we had a running back that we needed to get the ball to some more.  The player came to us and said can we do something where there is no read and I just get the ball.  We already had split zone in but wanted something that was little more power oriented and with more downhill action.  We went back to our old school isolation play which we called Indian.  We brought in an extra fullback type and ran it to the back or used both backs to lead for the QB. We could also just run it in one back and run it to the QB also.

When we played a four man front the blocking rules are the following:

  • PST – Base drive the Defensive end
  • PSG – Double the one to the backside backer or base the 3 tech
  • C – Double the one tech to the backside backer
  • BSG – Double the one tech to the backside backer or base drive the 3 tech
  • BST – Power hinge the backside DE
  • FB or T – Block the playside inside backer
Indian Right Q vs 4-2
Indian Right vs 4-2

When we played a 3-3 stack team the rules for the OL are the following:

  • PST – Base drive the Defensive end
  • PSG – Double the nose to the Middle Stack backer
  • C- Double the nose to the Middle Stack backer
  • BSG – Double the backside DE to the backside stack
  • BST – Double the backside DE to the backside stack
  • FB or T – Block the playside inside backer
Indian Right Q vs 3-3
Indian Right vs 3-3

The play also fit into our zone blocking scheme and many of the techniques we already had in for our Offensive Line.  We already combo back to a backer on our power run game and we already teach the power hinge on the backside EMLOS in power also.  We already combo up to an inside backer in our zone game and have to base drive a 5 tech in some aspects of our zone game also.  We felt that was an easy addition for our guys up front since it incorporated many block techniques and names that we already utilize.

We also like to use blocking schemes that we can utilize in more than one play while keeping everything the same for the Offensive Lineman.  We utilized the above mentioned blocking scheme to run QB draw.  In one back we would have the QB pump a quick bubble to the side we are leading up to the backer.  Hopefully this would also move the backers out some also.  If we were running QB draw to the right we would block everything the same as Ice Right and have the back lead up on the playside backer.

QB Draw Right vs 4-2
QB Draw vs 3-3

We got more mileage on the play by being able to attach some easy to install RPO’s to the play.  Again, we would block everything the same to keep it simple for the Offensive line.  Our first RPO we called Indian Right/ Fire.  The Indian part we went over already and is just Ice Right.  Fire tells the back to go out in motion pre-snap and lets the WR’s to the right know that they are blocking the screen out there. We liked this out of trips because it almost always assures you that the secondary is already adjusted to the trips and leaves the backers to adjust to back motion.  We would leave the playside backer alone (the backer we would normally ice block) and tell the QB if he runs with motion you run the ice or if he stays throw the quick screen to the back.

Indian Right Fire vs 4-2

We also ran the Stick Draw RPO with the same exact blocking as all other ice plays.  In trips rt, #3 would run the stick, #2 would run bubble and #1 would have MOR (Mandatory Outside Release) and run a fade.  We like running it to the QB and would either be in empty or motion the back out opposite the trips.  The read for the QB is almost identical for him in as it is in the Indian/Fire RPO.  Here, if the backer being read sits throw the stick, if he covers run the draw.

Stick Draw vs 4-2

Coaches, here is a way to play some power football in your spread offense and get the ball to your back. Also remember to marry plays up that keep the same blocking for the men up front.  Also, this play allows you to attach some dynamic RPO action with the calls.  Thank You, FootballXOs.com for giving me the forum to share some ideas about football and help grow this great game.

Coach Hovorka
Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator
Schreiber HS, Port Washington, NY
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Follow on Twitter: @425DC1
Follow on Instagram: coachhovorka

About the Author:

In 2017, Coach Hovorka just finished up his 2nd season as the Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator of Schreiber High School in Port Washington, NY. Port Washington went 9-0 in 2017 winning the Hudson River League Championship. Prior to that, Coach Hovorka spent 15 years as a Defensive Coordinator and DL Coach. Coach Hovorka played DL at Stony Brook University graduating with a Masters degree in Special Education. He currently resides in Babylon, NY with his wife and three children.

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