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From the sidelines: The best offense in high school football is...
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Shane Gillet
Shane Gillet

Anytime people gather around to talk football it always brings up a good conversation that eventually leads to an argument.

How can you possibly determine the best offensive scheme based on the things you’ve only seen briefly or heard of in passing? 

But you could run down an entire list of offenses and not come up with a definitive answer on which scheme is the best in high school sports.

Any high school can get an offensive scheme thrown at them and struggle, and any other school can have different offenses in different years an still be successful.

I’ve seen a lot of them succeed at one school and fail at another, and visa versa. Offenses that put up video-game numbers and others that make defenses look like the best in the state for a single game.

I have my personal favorite, and if I ever get a chance to be a coach I’ll install it into the team myself, but we’ll save that for another time. 

The idea to write about it came after online editor Dan Metcalf and new managing editor Tom Haraldson  were asking me about the Bingham-Davis game.

I made a comment about Bingham’s offense and how efficiently the team was able to run it, and they each got going about how one offense could do this and another could do that, and how each is successful because the respective championship-calibur schools have college-bound offensive lineman that average 300-plus pounds across the board.

If a team can consistently have 300 pound linemen from tackle to tackle, you can run any offense you want and succeed. Bingham runs a “pro-style” offense that uses multiple formations and is balanced between the run and the pass.

On the other hand, 4A powers East and Timpview, which are always competing for a state title, run a flexbone and spread offense respectively. 

East relies heavily on the run but can gash defenses through the air, and Timpview’s spread offense looks just as balanced as Bingham’s; the only difference is where the quarterback is standing before the ball is snapped.

Then people look at Bountiful and Larry Wall’s I-back formations that have been a staple of the school for years. A state title in 2004 and constant appearances in the playoffs proves it’s a system that works.

He even throws in a “Power T” formation every now and again.

Back when I first started at the Clipper and Robby Gunter was the head coach at Viewmont, his Wing T offense gave the Vikings the opportunity to compete in a tough Region 1.

Viewmont switched to the shotgun spread under then-coach Brad Lloyd and saw success in Region 2 for the few years it was there.

So if the question is “which one is best?” to use in high school football, the answer is “all of them.”

Sometimes it’s comes down to a few little things, but the most successful teams, as you’ll continue to see throughout the season, run a gambit of offenses that have proven to be successful.


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