In 13 Games this season Norman's offense averaged 34.7 points per game and 308.2 yards passing. This RPO/Fast Screen served as their primary passing concepts. Read the report here.
By Jhett Norman
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterback Coach
Levelland High School (TX)
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Stick Draw has become a staple for most everyone who runs an RPO offense these days. Here at Levelland, it has become a staple of our system as well. We look to throw the ball on every single play, and the quick hitch route has become our go to in short yardage situations. It is important to mention that we take the RPO concept and flip the letters into PRO as we always look to pass first and run second. With the defense keying on our hitch receivers, we have had to add in a few wrinkles to keep the stick/draw concept working efficiently.
We primarily base our offense out of trips, but we have the ability to run the play out of doubles. The play is called differently depending on the formation. We also can change the linemen blocking rules, as well as, who the ball carrier for the run option. All of these things help us find a way to keep running the same basic scheme over and over throughout a game and a season.
3x1 Flip Formation
3x1 Stack Formation
2 Back Formation
We have run the play off of a Base Zone scheme and a G-Lead Scheme. While the blocking may change the person we read on whether to run or pass, the stick does not. Our initial post snap read is always the play side inside linebacker.
In general, most of our RPO concepts are run out of trip formations. We allow our receivers to align themselves where they feel most comfortable. This includes our 2 back formations as we do not change personnel very often and our "F" is usually our small slot receiver. I believe that because of this our receivers have confidence that were ever they line up they have a chance for this play to be successful.
In running our stick/draw concept, our single receiver is always our first read. We allow him several different options as to what he wants to run based on the coverage he is getting. The single receiver signals the QB which particular route he is going to run, in order to make sure they are on the same page we have the QB signal back to the receiver. The QB's read is the backside safety to check if he wants to throw to the single receiver. If the safety is playing outside the hash bracketing the receiver, the QB then progresses to his other reads on the trip side of the field.
On the trips side, our outside receiver "Y" serves as a blocker in our base scheme. His job is to block the most dangerous man (MDM) or guy closest to him. Our "F" runs a bubble or crawfish route. Our crawfish route is simply a backpedal perpendicular to the sideline. We started running this route with our younger receivers who did not catch the bubble route well. The QB will throw the bubble route if he feels like the outside linebacker on the trip side is going to come off the edge, or if he feels like the "F" is uncovered initially by alignment.
We run this play our of doubles as well. The play tags right or left in order to tell the receivers what route combinations they are supposed to run. To the play side, we run Post with #1 and Hitch with #2. On the backside we run a variation of things from sneak/bubble to read slants, to uncovered fast screens. Our QB's job in this situation is to identify leverage. If he wants to throw to the backside, he must signal the running back in order to make sure he is not in the way of his throwing motion. If he wants to go to the play side, he runs the play as usual looking hitch first then progressing to the run aspect of the play.
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I believe that the RPO is quickly becoming the new gimmick so to speak of offensive football, and with this defensive coordinators are quickly catching up to how to stop this particular schemes. I think that by having multiple ways to run the same scheme it helps us offensive guys stay that much more ahead.
Meet Coach Norman: Jhett Norman currently serves as the offensive coordinator/QB coach at Levelland High School in Levelland, TX. LHS is a 4A school with an enrollment of about 800 kids. Coach has been the coordinator in Levelland for the past 4 years and been coaching for 10 years. This season LHS went 7-5-1 winning 2 playoffs games for the 1st time in 65 years.