A really cool story about the Piedmont High football team in San Francisco which has developed an entirely new offensive scheme:

Instead of everyone bunching up around the ball on the line of scrimmage, Piedmont’s players spread out across the entire width of the field, in pods of three.

Several yards behind the middle pod, which includes a center and the ball, two quarterbacks wait for the snap — or, sometimes, a quarterback and a running back.

But that’s not all, says Bryan.

“The A-11 offense stands for all 11 players potentially eligible,” he said.

Normally, only five players are allowed to catch a forward pass on any given play — and they must wear jersey numbers in two ranges: 1 to 49, and 80 to 99.

But in the A-11, all the players wear eligible numbers — and anyone can catch a pass, as long as he lines up in a legal position. While seven players are required to be on the line of scrimmage, defenses often have no hint of which seven players will be on the line.

Piedmont is a small school that needed to figure out a way to compete against larger schools. They innovated and as often happens, the establishment isn’t happy about it:

“This is an unsporting act in terms of deception, which is not in accordance with the rule code or the intent and spirit of the great game,” said Mark Dreibelbis, the supervisor of officials for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

Unsporting? Deception and trick plays have been a part of sports since man freed up enough time from hunting and gathering to do something fun. These guys should be congratulated, not denigrated as unsporting. Go Piedmont!

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