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WING OFFENSE / A NEW FOOTBALL SCIENCE
amazing Offense, unlike most others, that does
not rely on holding. (that's cheating ya
an era where coaches are teaching holding as
part of the plan, as well as how to hide it,
to know a powerful offense that is far more
effective, even with less talent, without the
our Featured Coaches of the year 2016
Paul Benefield of Fyffe (AL), and Jason Mensing
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#1 OFFENSE IN GEORGIA 2004...DID
YOU KNOW ?
Double Wing Offense
was the most productive offense in All
Classifications in the State of Georgia with over 5,000
yards in 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
COACH'S TAKE ON WHY RUN THE DOUBLE WING OFFENSE
THE GUN WING
"A way to
and Win when matching up is not an option"
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A Winning Football Team Begets School Spirit & Enthusiasm
I N N I N G
There is power in WINNING
When a team
hasn't been successful
in decades or ever, and suddenly starts
winning and winning big, School enrollment sky-rockets, 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, like Piranha !
? Pick Your Wrecking Ball
Coach Harrison on the Double Wing and Gun-Wing:
My coaching philosophy begins with a football truth,
which is: deficits in talent, size, and speed show up far more
dramatically when you are on defense than on offense. So on defense, any or all
of your weaknesses can be exposed and you simply can't scheme your way out of
them like the opponent having several 4.4 speedsters VS your fastest man of 4.9. You will always be
more exposed on defense than on offense. Therefore, controlling most of the game
on offense is far more desirable. Well the best way to control the game is to
keep the ball. To keep the ball you have to have the means to collect first
downs, maintain possessions, and score when you can while eating the clock so as
to limit the possessions of the super talented team. The offense I run does just
that, and better than any other scheme, and with very little risk. It also has
the capacity to run up massive yardage and scores if the talent is close or a
match. It's not as flashy and prissy as the new spreads but if your priority is
winning over showmanship, this is the best answer I can give, by far.
Let us all agree, Nothing beats really good
athletes and 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"
and I've probably read and heard most of it!
What is this Offense?
** 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? As I investigated that Idea further, I was looking
around on the net one day at various things and tripped up on this double wing
stuff. My first thought was like so many other's, "NO WAY". 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 the letter.
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 this new science, and tweaking this
thing to the point that many things are fairly unique to the way I approach it.
Thus due to some YouTube videos I've posted, along with the success I've had, I
find myself being called on to clinic, and 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.
the 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 because this thing was doing what I'd been doing for years,
only better and with less risk. I realized too, that it would be very dependent
on good and rigorous coaching, which was my gig anyway. I've always coached as
if my hair was on fire, so this hit me right in my wheelhouse. The DW 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 at
times 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 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, 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. The "Double Wing" or "Gun
Wing", in my opinion, are far more intriguing and interesting than those trendy,
and loose offenses anyway!
With 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 is better than that for confirmation. 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 and favorable options in some areas, and if
coached up, can be possibly 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 gives an illusion of being similar to
what you see on Saturdays and Sunday Television
Football. It is simply the shot-gun version of the
double wing! It immediately knocks down criticism from the
uneducated armchair viewers seeing the Double Wing as maybe not
modern, So it's a win win in that way. I call it
the GUN-WING for it's appropriate. The Gun Wing though
be it fantastic, does however have some drawbacks from
the original Double Wing. It attacks a somewhat 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 as well. Those are the type of tradeoffs you
have to make in going GUN WING. However there are a few
things you pick up with the Gun-Wing such as hitting the
holes more vertically and a few play additions that the
pure double wing would not do as well. There are
several teams around the country that make a compelling
case for the Gun-Wing and If I get a team with really
solid kids with some talent and desire, I may consider
Gun Wing, but a lot depends on personnel and situation,
for I will always go for what is the best plan for my
kids regardless of the trends. I am still of the mindset
that the regular Double Wing, under center, is the
stronger and more reliable of the two because of the
speed and the leverage of it, but the Gun Wing, I give a
fairly close second place.
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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 unique 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 "try it and hope" coaches. It takes someone who can think and operate with
sound conviction, within the DW philosophy and structure. A coach must
have a really good knowledge of football leverage physics, to work it, and to
experience it's full value. It has certainly served me and my philosophy very
and it is by far the biggest part of my winning formula these
"PS": 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
DOUBLE WING... IT'S THE NEW MODERN OFFENSE
A 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". I give
the credit to the great kids I had the privilege to coach
there at Nathanael Greene Academy.
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
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
Congratulations to the Patriots for their fine season, and I
look forward to your having additional exciting times.
C.H.E. , M.D.
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 staff or squad on the double Wing or Gun-Wing Offense,
please see Contact Page for more...
are but a few of us Double Wingers among the thousands
of high school teams in the country but we usually make
our presence very well known! Below are but a few
Benefield and his Gun-Wing Offense
A ridiculous statistic...1
Turn-over the entire year 2016. Not so fast!, Film
rectified that 1, so truly ZERO Turnovers. That
maybe a national High school record. "YOU CAN'T FIX
ALABAMA STATE CHAMPIONS (Coach Paul Benefield)
2016....."Congratulations: Paul Benefield
& the Fyffe Red Devils ALABAMA
Fyffe wins title 28-0 over Aliceville. Fyffe put the
Gun Wing (Double Wing) Offense in in 2014 and has
won Fyffe's 2nd state title in 3 years running !
I had a chance to watch these guys on the sidelines
in 2014 and they are a hard nosed well coached
machine, and as methodical as I've ever seen in a
high school team! Coach Benefield has the Gun-Wing
stroking on all cylinders outscoring opponents 700
to 113 in 15 games"! Per game average score 47-7.
They also play very good defense as you'll notice!
Can you say Domination? "This team is very
well coached"! Solid kids and leadership. I've
watched most of their games on video and have never
seen them celebrate after a score or a big play.
It's a good thing, they would wear themselves out!
Oh, In 2015 when they didn't win the State Title,
they did finish the Runner-Up!
Today 11-25-2016 Jason
Mensing, long time fraternal Double Wing friend and head coach of
Whiteford High School in Michigan, just missed a Michigan State Championship
Title today. They finished undefeated on the season and playoffs until
the state title game, putting a double wing thrashing to his opponents game
after game. Jason and Whiteford posted 13 wins, before dropping the final to
Muskegon Catholic Central. Jason is an outstanding coach and has a great
understanding of the Double Wing Offense and with his own excellent tweaks has
always been very sound and interesting as well as very effective. He put me on
his HUDL account a few years back so I could watch his progress as the seasons
went on. A very impressive season Mr. Mensing and congratulations on a
magnificent coaching job!
CONGRATULATIONS to the Fyffe Red Devils
for winning their Second
(Alabama AA) State Championship in 3 years over a very talented Aliceville Team
28-0. Coach Benefield and the Devils are dominating the field of play with the
Gun Wing Offense and very sound Defense, leaving very little wiggle room for
their weekly opponents.
GEORGIA - CONGRATULATIONS to
Mount Paran Christian School
for running the table and
winning the GA 1-A State Title
49-7 over a very strong Eagles
Landing Christian Academy team.
Another team reaching tremendous
heights with the Double Wing /
CONGRATULATIONS to the Fyffe Red
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.
CONGRATULATIONS to Rensselaer
Central High School Bombers
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
(Double Wing) Gun Wing.
CONGRATULATIONS Clayton Valley...It seems a redundancy when talking about Tim
Murphy (Clayton Valley HS Ugly Eagles, California)
as he always finishes one of the very top in the State of California running the
Double Wing / Gun-Wing. A true student of the game and the Double Wing. Tim, I
think I still have the Clovis East lanyard you gave me at the clinic we did in
Frisco TX! What a great guy, will give you the very lanyard off his neck! :-)
Sept. 2014 ***
I took a bye week 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. Fyffe runs the Gun-Wing form of our
Double Wing. Ider 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 talk soon!
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
Some Shots of the NGA Sidelines
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Coach Harrison at Nathanael Greene Academy 2004 - 2006th
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..
From the 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
helped to solidify my philosophy and the things I do. I have
learned to live with the tag 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
team performance, 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, execution, 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 special kid, who is going to be good anyway!
A RUNNINGBACK'S PARADISE
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 an
excellent yards per catch ratio.
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