THE runner (3) is seen firmly tackled by two of the defense on the line of scrimmage. However, the faithful interference has assumed the play will be a success and is attempting to clean up The defensive player (1) in foreground has succeeded in < In this respect as much cleverness is often shown as in the cos s to evade the tackier.
Defensive player (2) is well prepared for the impending shock from interferer. He is not only ready to dodge, but has both hands extended with which to prevent the in-terferer getting close to his body. All of the defense are trained to rid themselves of their opponents by these methods.
Princeton vs. Harvard 1920.
The defensive left wing halfback is attempting to tackle the runner, but notice that the latter is awarding off the impending tackle by the use of his left arm. In this case he was eminently successful and the play gained twenty yards. This "straight-arm" used in conjunction with a dodge is the most effective method of eluding the defence in the open field.
Yale vs. Harvard 1921.
c. Sweeps, which are, as the word indicates, plays directed at the flanks of the defense wherein the fastest back is used to carry the ball. Sometimes called "long gainers" - lacking in the consistency of slants and subject to greater losses.
d. Reverse plays, which comprise all plays which change their direction and are of a deceptive character, to which may be added trick plays that have for their chief value the element of surprise. Wholly lacking in consistency, they are eminently successful in a small percentage of the number of times tried.
2. The Forward Pass, which may be grouped into: a. Short, swift tosses to a point about on the extended scrimmage lines.
b. Throws directed into spaces or zones between the wing halfbacks on the defense.
c. Long heaves directed away from such defensive players as are stationed say twenty-five to thirty yards back of the scrimmage line.
Forward Passes are all dangerous as they are susceptible to interception by the defense. They are, however, an invaluable weapon of attack not only as a means of gaining distance, but also as a constant threat, thus weakening the defense against rushes and kicks. 3, The Kick, divided into: a. The Punt, which is usually executed at a point from eight to ten yards back of the scrimmage line. It is invariably employed in lieu of the surrender of the ball on downs. It should average say thirty-five yards net gain.
b. The Drop and Placement Kicks, made from a similiar position and for the purpose of scoring a field goal. The placement kick is also used after a fair catch for try at field goal. At the start of the game, the second half, and after every score it must be used as a means of putting the ball into play, but no goal can be scored from it.
A team is well equipped if it has in its repertoire about twenty-five plays, apportioned as follows:
16 Rushes, consisting of 10 plunges, slants and sweeps, 3 reverse plays, and 3 tricks, 7 Forward Passes.
2 Kicks. Some teams have as many as forty plays, but far better is it to have a few plays well learned, for it is the execution rather than the nature of the play which makes it successful.