Some of you have probably heard about the A-11 football offense that makes every player an eligible receiver, and is beginning to make the rounds at the high school level. How long before an area team tries it out?
I’d seen something about this a while ago, but the New York Times recently did a story on it, and if you’re curious, check it out here. In essence, the scheme uses two quarterbacks, three linemen, and a bunch of receivers spread all over the field like an elementary school playground game. It’s supposed to minimize injuries and help teams with good athletes but not gigantic size compete with the rest.
Once the spread took hold locally about 2001, everyone started using some version of it, even run-heavy teams like East Lansing and Haslett. Okemos went completely the opposite way a few years ago, implementing the single wing patterned after the state title-winning run-based offense of Menominee.
There are plenty of area schools with good athletes but not the size or players total as some of their opponents. Maybe the A-11 will land here soon.