This section is from the book "A Scientific And Practical Treatise On American Football For Schools And Colleges", by A. Alonzo Stagg, Henry L. Williams. Don't miss: The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game.
The formation is very similar to that of diagram fifty-six, but the two lines are arranged so that the parallel sides are nearer together. The half-backs and ends brace themselves well back, at arm's length from the men directly ahead of them, precisely as shown in diagram forty-one.
Qb stands well back between the half-backs, as shown in the cut. The guards, tackles, and half-backs stand with toes pointing straight forward, to leave a narrow unobstructed lane between the two lines, down which the ball is to be rolled on its side.
C places the ball on its side between his legs, and puts it in play by touching it with his toe (the ball the while firmly held under his hand), and rolling it back. At the same moment the entire wedge surges straight ahead. Qb will have had just time to secure the ball, turn toward rh, when the charging rushers will be upon the apex of the wedge. Lh then instantly turns square to the right, and seizing rh by the arm, knocks him directly out of the wedge on the opposite side. Le follows immediately behind lh, fb attaches himself to re, and the new wedge, with rh as its apex, and qb directly in the center with the ball, dashes off at an angle of about 450 to the original direction. (See cut A.)
Note. The wedge may split either to the right or left. It is very important that the second wedge preserve a loose, yet firm, formation, so that all may run at utmost speed.