Game 7 Youth Football Results

Written by Dave on October 2nd, 2012

The 3-4 grade youth football team I’m head coaching won 48-6 on Saturday. This league has a mercy rule where the other team can freeze the score, which they did early in the second quarter when it was 26-0. The team we played was 4-1 at the time. We are now 7-0 for the season.

We played well, scoring on every possession but the one prior to the half where we took a knee on our own 45. We didn’t give up a first down or score with our first team defense. We got a lot of kids the ball and 2 kids who have never scored a touchdown before, got their first touchdowns. For the 6th time in 7 games we didn’t surrender a turnover. We were flagged 3 times and we blocked and tackled really well. Our reads were very good and our team pursuit angles were strong as well.

Our next opponent is 5-1 and they have been scoring a lot of points. We have to beat them to win our division and make the playoffs. Once in, we will have to be better than 41 teams to win it all.

We are working every practice to make sure we get better each week. More on that on the blog this week.

Posted In: 2012 Season

5 Responses to “Game 7 Youth Football Results”

  • Tom U says:

    Just reading your blog for the first time. My team is also 7-0 and headed to the play-offs; 3rd-4th grade. Three teams in a row have cut/chopped on offense & defense. My O-line averages 5′-1″ tall and 125 lbs; big kids but not all that nimble. Three defensive lines in a row just dive at my guard-center-guard’s ankles. I think this is poor coaching on my opponents part; but what can I teach my kids to help handle this??

  • davecisar says:

    Coach,
    Im not sure it is poor coaching. Blocking below the waist in the free blocking zone is legal in all 50 states. It helps smaller players compete against bigger ones. It is something your players will most likely see once they get to High School. Your players have to use their hands to ward off these blocks instead of just coming up field as fast at they can. Pushing the offensive player to the ground and going over the top is the simplest way to attack this approach.

  • Tom U says:

    We have been working with our defensive kids to avoid the offensive chop blocks. My issue was more with the opposing defenses diving at my offensive linemen’s ankles on every play. It may be an effective way to keep my linemen off their linebackers; but I’ve had 2 o-linemen come out of the game from injuries. Teaching d-linemen to dive at an o-linemen’s feet is not something I will teach. We have added more plays with pulling center/guards to help.

  • davecisar says:

    Coach,
    Run wide then, We also work our kids against this by havign them block a long dummy, lying it on the bround and blocking the tiny tip= the end part. They just put their shoulder into it and drive low, often times using their outside hand to keep them off the ground. You have to prepare the kids or what they may see and this is something we see every season. Drive hard and low into that defenders side and he wont be doing this very long.

  • Tom U says:

    Thanks for the tip. Your website is very helpful. We are now 8-0 and in our league semi-finals tomorrow. We will touch on this technique at our walk-thru tonight. Appreciate your help.

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