To send the slow pushing wedge through the center from a down, the men spring to their positions in the wedge formation, as shown in the cut, the instant the signal is given.

Diag.38

Slow mass wedge from a down.

Rg forces himself as close as possible to c's right, directly abreast or him, while lg holds himself firmly against c on the left and slightly back from the line.

The remaining rushers and half-backs take their positions behind the guards, as indicated, in a similar manner to that shown in diagram forty-one.

The men must be drilled until they can spring into their positions in the formation instantly. The ball should come back at the same moment and be passed to fb, who has come in to fb1 , and the whole wedge surge forward with the greatest possible force, as in diagram forty-one.

This play may be repeated several times for short gains until the tackles and ends on the opposing side are drawn well in to mass against it, when fb, accompanied by OB, will dart suddenly out from the rear for a long run around the end of the opposing team, as shown in the diagram; in which case rH and re will cut across in the lines indicated to block the foremost men among the opponents. Should it be found that the opposing backs come up to help block the play fb may drop suddenly back to fb2 and punt well down the field.

Note. On the play in which the fb is sent out from behind the wedge for a run around the end, there should be a little delay in snapping the ball, in order to give the opposing team more time to draw well in behind the center.