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A MUST READ FOR EXPLORING THE DOUBLE WING OFFENSE
THE DOUBLE WING,
THE GUN WING
and Win while not having the most gifted athletes
IN GEORGIA 2004...DID YOU KNOW
Coach Harrison's Double Wing
Offense was the most productive offense in All
Classifications in the State of Georgia with
over 5,000 yards in only 13 games!
It's also true it was atop the
following several years as well, averaging over
4,700 yards of offense in each of those
(12 game) seasons.
Harrison's Double wing offenses have averaged
over 35 points per game as well.
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Harrison's short Double Wing YouTube Videos have well
over 180,900 views!
that is a lot of Double Wing Curiosity!
Football Team Begets School Spirit & Enthusiasm
I N N I N G
When a team
hasn't been successful
in decades or ever, and suddenly starts
winning and winning big, A lot of interest and support starts coming
out of the woodwork to volunteer their help in many
ways, OH YES, and your football field starts to look
like a Division 1 College Field! And the stands become
filled like the picture below with standing room only
around the field. Not to mention,
It's just more fun "
||Yes, We were very
small, but collectively, HUGE !
? Pick Your Wrecking Ball
Coach Harrison on the Double Wing and Gun-Wing:
Let us all agree, Nothing beats really good
athletes and really good coaching and that's a fact.
In lieu of having really good players all the time,
or even some of the time, You can however make up
for a lot by extensive coaching and perfecting
schemes that accentuate the talent you do have. As a
High School Head Coach, I AVERAGED just under 390
yards and over 35 points per game with my Double
Wing Offense. That is with teams that before were
having a hard time making a first down much less
winning a game. There has been so much said and
written about the "Double Wing Offense" in it's
unorthodox approach (by today's standards), and I've
probably read and heard them all!
In it's beginning, A California Policeman turned
football coach named Don Markham developed an offensive system, whether by
accident or just in his own words that I seem to recall, "looking for a good
power play", in the late 80's and early 90's. Coach Markham found himself
coaching in the largest classification in California High Schools at
Bloomington, where in 1994, Don took a 1993, 1-9 Bloomington team and in 1994,
just 8 months later, went undefeated and set the national all time scoring
record of 880 points in 14 games. 63 points per game I think it works out to be.
that is not how I discovered it.
I was working on my offense one day and on
"goal-line" work, I noticed my team really
responding to a tighter scheme and a harder nosed
approach to our offense and so I thought, "hmmm",
hey, Why not run goal-line all over the field. Later
on I was looking around on the net one day at
various things and tripped up on this
double wing stuff. I made a phone call or two and
grilled a few coaches and had them send me some
info. After watching film and some clinic footage, I
knew very quickly that this was going to be my
offense being that
it fit my football philosophy to
After implementing it and running it
in a game as a trial, I thought I may never run
anything else and that happens to be the case. I
then began really working and studying the
particulars, and tweaking this thing to the point
that many things are fairly unique to the way I
it. Thus due to some YouTube videos I've posted
along with the success I've had, I find myself
being called on to be a sounding board of
sorts on this particular offense for many coaches
all over the country. So I have and will
do clinics from time to time.
Double Wing, I had been a
very successful coach with my old schemes but recognized that this new offense was
going to boost my offense's reliability, and productivity. I realized too, that
it would be very dependent on good and
rigorous coaching, which was my gig anyway.
coached as if my hair was on fire, so this hit me right in my wheelhouse.
offense, coached up, squeezes the most out of your talent. The beauty of this
Double wing or the "Gun Wing", is that it relies more on a total TEAM
concept, precision, desire, and hard work, than it does actual God given
skills. But like anything, the more skills you have the better it will be. When
you have a group that is low in skills, speed, or even experience, you can still
be competitive in the double wing by it's low risk, hard nosed Team oriented
design to keep the ball and move the chains and make the game shorter. What the
Double Wing allows you to do is to replace the talent gap with hard nosed effort
and execution, and less vulnerability to make up the difference. You can't do that in other offenses of
today spreading your talent thin and in space. The better players will beat up
on the lesser talented kid in space every time to the point of being dangerous. So many times my opponents over
the years have had these very strong explosive teams with great speed and talent and we just
kept the ball with 8 to 10 minute drives, limiting their opportunities to
exploit our weaknesses while we're on Defense. This is the essence of the Double wing.
The bonuses are that you DO produce big plays and score BIG as a trade off for
maybe looking a little different all bunched up, when everyone else in the league is
spread all over the field. This offense is for those who puts winning above
fashion and popularity of the "Television football educated". My relentless
desire to win has always been what governs my decisions as a coach, and not the
flavor of the month or coaching trends of the entertainment world. For me, the
double wing or "Gun Wing", in my opinion, are far more intriguing and interesting than those offenses
all that is different about my offense, and the coaches
that take a pass on it, the one group that I find that takes my
offense VERY seriously are the coaches facing it, or
that have faced it. The one thing I know for sure after
running this for well over a decade, is that coaches hate
playing it, and defenses hate playing it, and what
better confirmation than that do you need as a coach. No
matter what the outcome, when a team leaves the field
after playing my double wing, they usually know they
have had enough, are beat up, know they have been in a
war, and probably rather not do it again. It's just
another day on the grid iron for us, but it is
physically brutal, draining, and frustrating for
defenses to deal with.
years of running and tweaking the DW, I have implemented something I'd been
contemplating since 2005, when my starting QB broke his arm. That would be the
direct snap Double Wing. I have discovered that it gives you a few different options in some areas, and if coached up, can be almost as powerful as the
the regular DW. There is very little scheme difference, but one huge bonus outside the
X's and O's, is that with the direct snap, it appears to be similar to what you
see on Saturdays and Sunday Television Football. It immediately knocks down 90%
of the moronic criticism from the uneducated armchair coaches, parents, and
players which all are headed to the NFL, don't ya know? So it's a win win in
that way. I am now calling it the GUN-WING to keep it simple. The Gun Wing
though be it fantastic, does however have some drawbacks from the original
Double Wing. It attacks a tad bit slower, and It takes a few very trustworthy
plays out of the play arsenal as it was once run, as well as not hiding the ball
nearly as well. Those are the type of
tradeoffs you have to make in going GUN WING. I have decided to stay under
Center due to the drawbacks of the Gun Wing. I am not ready to give that defense
the one second jump, and the visibility as well as some great plays. If I get a team really loaded with
talent and numbers, I may consider Gun Wing but everywhere I've been hired has
been to resurrect a struggling program, therefore I want the best situation for
my kids regardless of the trends. I'll stay DW.
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So in wrapping up
this bit on The Double Wing and Gun-Wing Offense, I'll just say for
those VERY FEW who have the inclination to go a bit out of the box and and
run this "Wing Thing", I salute you and "I Understand", and to those who think
it's simply not for you, to that I say, "I also Understand". This Thing
is not for everyone, and definitely not for the lazy or the "try it and hope"
coaches. It takes someone who can think and operate with sound conviction in
it's philosophy and structure, and a really good football physics knowledge, to work it, and to
experience it's full value. It has certainly served me and my philosophy very
well and it is
by far the biggest part of my winning formula these days!
I've had to play the Double Wing a few times
myself.......Not Fun, Not Fun at all. I'd rather have to
defend anything else, quite honestly! LH
Letter to the Headmaster:
I have to
share a letter written to my Principal at NGA written by a
relative of a player who happened to make our State
Championship Game. These are the rewards outside of the ring
that we never expect nor seek, but it's wonderful and quite
rewarding when it happens and reassures us coaches that
occasionally we may be doing something right.
The evening of Friday 11-19-2004 is an experience I will
never forget and one that I will always cherish. It was a
thrill and a pleasure to be on the sidelines with my family,
old friends, new friends, and those determined Patriot
football players. I have had a career in orthopedic
surgery in sports medicine that includes 35 years on the
sidelines with teams under my care in Virginia and Dalton,
GA. 32 of those years have involved being the Team Physician
for the Dalton High Catamounts. That allowed me to
witness first hand, numerous exciting regular season games,
playoff games, 2 trips to the GEORGIA DOME, and 4 state
championship games with the Dalton Catamounts. This exposure
has resulted in my taking care of athletes from close
to 25 high schools in Northwest and North Central Georgia.
Some of these I treated after they made it to college teams
and even to the NFL. During my training in orthopedic
surgery at the U of Virginia, I had the opportunity to be
the Team Physician for the Roanoke Buckskins in the Atlantic
Coast Football League. I have played the game and know what
it feels like to hurt someone, and get hurt, physically and
The reason for the above diatribe is to
express to you, Coach Larry Harrison and the Patriot
Football Team, the impression made on me during my
visit to Rhodes Field. I have never been more
impressed with what I saw on and off the field of play. The
team gave all they had and more, and no one who saw the game
could think otherwise. The fan support was incredible. The
community and surrounding area turned-out in a manner
that created a championship atmosphere. Regardless of
the final score, The Nat-Greene Patriots are Champions.
Their opponent had the size and the numbers, but they did
not have the heart of the gutsy team from the village of
Siloam. I have followed the Patriots all year via
Coach Harrison’s website, The Herald-Journal and through
calls from my family. I have bragged about the team to my
Dalton friends, and after the championship game, I have
bragged even more. The misty rain that fell throughout the
game did not dampen the spirits of all those present,
players and fans alike. Thank you so much for allowing me to
be a part of such a wonderful event.
Congratulations to the Patriots for their fine season, and I
look forward to your having additional exciting times.
C.H.E. , M.D.
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Coach Harrison has put on clinics from Arizona to Canada,
Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Texas and several in
between for coaching staffs, seminars, and or entire teams.
If you would be interested in having Coach Harrison
clinic your squad on the double Wing or Gun-Wing Offense,
please see Contact Page for more...
Sept. 2014 ***
I took a Friday night to visit
some Double Wing friends in
Ider, Alabama as they hosted the
states #1 team, Fyffe. Ider High
dresses 27 and Fyffe over 60 and
Well, they ran into quite a
buzz-saw and took a tough one on
the chin. They will bounce back
with the great leadership of
Coach Tinker and Coach Hanna and
the fine kids there. It was a
very fine experience visiting
another teams sideline in a
place removed from my every day.
Great, well mannered kids, being
focused and introspective
getting ready for the fight.
Coaches poised and ready. I knew
I was visiting a great small
town event. Good luck with the
rest of your season Coaches and
thanks for the fabulous
experience, well, other than the
final score of course. We'll
AND Bounce back they did with a
night of rushing for over 375
yards. Great job men!!!
***Several more huge offensive
outings of 350+ yards rushing
games have pushed Ider's record
to 6-3 and guaranteed play-off
spot. Not a bad leap from last
years 1-9 season. "Keep up the
great work guys"!
Here is Fyffe in red lining up
in the Short snap Double Wing VS
Ider, who ran my offense at the
time, the Pure Double wing
(under center). Very similar
offenses. Fyffe is a perennial
AA top finisher under the
guidance of legendary Coach Paul
to the Fyffe Red Devils
for winning their first
(Alabama AA)State Championship
in school history over a very
athletic and talented Elba Team
28-17. Coach Benefield and the
Devils run my offense, the Gun
Wing, about as good as you can
run it, and averaged 50+ points
per game during the season.
to Rensselaer Central High
for winning the
(Indiana AA) State Championship.
Though I'm not real familiar
with Coach Meeks and the
Bombers, I'm certainly familiar
with their offense which is the
Gun Wing. Congratulations Coach!
Coach H: "Please feel free to
contact me with anything you may feel interesting or would be of
interest to the web site. I will get articles
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and events relevant to our football team, high school football in
Georgia and around the country, or anything fitting this site. If you would like to be
featured on my site or linked from this site, Please send us some
info or contact us and we will consider getting you on".
Some Past NGA Snaps
Will resume at the next
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Harrison who volunteers his services as the team chaplain.
2004 GISA Class"A"
Coach of the Year
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Harrison: This site started as a very small simple family
site but with coaching, and incorporating my football, it
quickly became a full blown Football site... I had visited
and participated on many coaches and teams web sites and
forums specific to what I do football wise, so my site
morphed into this over the years. This
site works well in getting in touch with other coaches on
all levels that do some of the things I do as well as
inviting interest in the implementing and teaching of the
Double Wing offense and sharing experiences etc..
beginning of my coaching life, I've had certain very
ingrained ideas about coaching and getting the most out of
kids, and these ideas were developed from having very good
youth and high school coaches having an impact on me. Having
my own ideas pan out in very successful campaigns help to
solidify my philosophy and the things I do. I have learned
to live with the criticism of being a bit unorthodox, but
believe me, everything I do in coaching is for a very good
reason. Sometimes, it may not look exactly like the NFL but
what I do, and what I think any good coach should do, is to
give your kids the best possible chance to be successful.
I'm not real concerned about how pretty it is, or if I look like
some big-time pro football coach. I'm concerned about the
team and all the kids, as well as our representation of our
parents and school. I am concerned about bringing success to
our program and having the kids have fun playing football.
If we have a standout athlete, he will stand out big-time.
If we don't, the team hopefully will still stand out because
of our preparation and competitiveness.
has never failed me or any other coach I've admired over the
years. What I have learned is that with the right
preparation, approach to this game, and a good communication
with the kids themselves, you end up with kids playing over
their abilities, having fun, and many kids standout, not
just the one special kid, who is going to be good anyway!
2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2008 -2009
WING D V D s
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The Double Wing is definitely a
running backs paradise but if
you can throw or catch a football, It
will definitely show you off as
well. It puts you in a well
designed and orchestrated system
where you can succeed on both
ends of the passing game with a
very high rate of completions
and a very good yards per catch
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