Scoot to Reach: How to block wide zoneby Sean Peterson
Wide zone is a great play that requires a commitment to make it a productive play! Learn how to reach block and pick up defensive movement and pressures by staying square to the line of scrimmage using "scoot" footwork (a.k.a. square drag) & overlap double teams. This course outlines the coaching points, drills, and in game application of the techniques needed to block wide zone. Defenses are going to defend the wide zone with E/T's, T/E's, pirate stunts and all sorts of games to create penetration! Square is strong on the line of scrimmage and using scoot footwork enables blockers to reach a shaded and or a wide defender, cover him up and get movement. The scoot technique is used by the whole offensive line- covered & uncovered, reducing teaching time and increasing reps. Also, learn how to use the backside hand as a "pillar" to play long and create separation from defenders.
In his 25 year career, Coach Peterson has fifteen years of experience coaching the offensive line and tight ends in high school. He has coached on two state championship teams for Wayzata HS (MN), 2019 (OL) and 2008 (TE's). The Trojans rushed for 2858 yards in 2019, finishing 13-0, and setting a MN Prep Bowl record for most individual rushing attempts (49). Peterson has developed three Division 1 linemen in the past 3 seasons, including an FBS Power 5 Conference scholarship earner (Syracuse). The Trojans' rushing yardage tripled in the first two seasons with Peterson coaching the OL (904 yds. in '17 to 2858 yds. in '19).
Table shows a three year comparison before & after Peterson's arrival at Wayzata HS.
|Total Rushing Yards||2822||5771||105%|
|Total Passing Yards||3033||4379||44.4%|
|Total Offensive Yards||5855||9879||69%|
|Regular Season Rushing Yards||1982||4242||114%|
|Regular Season Passing Yards||2228||3401||52.6%|
|Rush Yds./Game Regular Season||82.6||192.82||133%|
|Total Offensive Points||560||791||41.3%|