Section I. When the opponents are inside your awn 35-yard line, there is always much danger of their scoring either by a touchdown or a goal from the field. Strive to prevent in every way possible the enemy's securing possession of the ball in this territory. The general policy should be to kick on first down or just as soon as you secure the ball. The danger in rushing the ball in Section I is that a fumble may occur and the ball be secured by the opponents. Keep the play out and beyond the 35-yard line. This is a good section of the field to try a fake kick or trick play of some kind on first down. Under no conditions, however, try a play in which there is any likelihood of a fumble.

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In kicking from this territory the full back must use great care in getting his kick off and in playing it so that the opponents can not make a fair catch. Care in this respect is especially necessary if the kicker punts from near or behind his own goal line. The center must be careful in his pass to the full back and the full back should be slightly farther back from the center than he usually is for the kick.

Section 2. Section 2, or the center of the field, is the great battle-ground of the game. It is here that all the tricks and maneuvers of football are put into play. Every method is tried, likely to carry the ball toward the opponents' goal. In this section the punting is more frequent. Kicking should be resorted to on the third down in the middle section, :f there is any possibility of losing the ball. If the wind is at your back, punt frequently, especially if you can out-kick your opponents, for this gain on the exchange will gradually bring you nearer the coveted goal line.

The plays should be so directed that the team is not brought in too near the sideline, and the point of attack thus practically limited to one side of the line.

A kick from this section of the field should be so directed that the ball will go out of bounds near the goal line or so that it will stop near the goal line and not go in goal. If the ball goes in goal the opponents will fall on it for a touch-back, and they will be permitted to kick out from the 25-yard line instead of being forced to take a kick from scrimmage on or near their own goal line.

Section 3. When the team has once crossed the opponents' 35-yard line, the attack should grow stronger and more determined. Every inch counts now and every member of the eleven should get in with all his power. The selection of plays is very important and only the ones that are strongest and best should be attemped. If the opponents play close in the line and bring in their back-field, do not be afraid to use the plays that go outside of tackle, and even farther out if the end comes in as close as he often does. This does not mean, however, that you must try a wide end run.

It is not hard to score a goal from the field at any point inside the 35-yard line. If conditions arise on the third down that are liable to result in the loss of the ball, then try a goal from the field either by a place-kick or drop-kick, depending, of course, on the play for which the team is better fitted.