Double Wing 40 FB Gut Wedge Youth Football Play

Nothing is as beautiful as simplicity and when the Double Wing 40 FB Gut Wedge is working then life is good on the gridiron.  I know many of you hate the Wedge play because it’s not “real football” but oh how wrong you are.  The Wedge is football history and it works for many youth football teams running the Double Wing and other youth offenses.  Shoot you will even see it sometimes in the NFL on goal line offensive plays. It works and the Wedge play should be in everyone’s youth football play book.  That’s why it is number 2 on my Best Offensive Plays in Youth Football list.

Double Wing Wedge Youth Football Play

Double Wing Wedge

The key to this play is Wedge blocking by the offensive line.  The Wedge blocking technique must be mastered for this play to work.  I usually spend a few practices going through the Wedge Dance steps with my o-line and then they get it.  Yes, I use the word dance because it’s very similar to learning a dance. My steps are below and I am sure you can search Google for other ways to teach the wedge.

The Wedge Dance

  1. Inside Foot Step Inside
  2. Shuffle Step Other Foot to Square Up
  3. Inside Hand on back shoulder-blade of partner
  4. Lean into Partner Shoulder Pad to Shoulder Pad
  5. Outside Hand Up and on Partner Shoulder Pad
  6. Push Partner Forward and Wedge Chop Step Forward

Once we have the Wedge blocking working for the o-line during walk throughs o-line sessions we introduce the running backs to the Wedge walk throughs.  We usually spend about one hour total practice time at the first of the season learning how to Wedge.  It really pays off when you need a yard or two for a first down or an Extra Point.

Like I stated, the play starts with Wedge blocking by the offensive line.  We usually Wedge on the Center or Guard.  The Full Back will receive the football from the QB and dive into the middle of the Wedge pushing the pile and flowing with the scrum.  The QB and the rest of the running backs will fake the Double Wing Double reverse and then block the edges for DE’s trying to crash down and tackle from behind.  As the scrum slows or overtakes the defense the FB will feel his way to an opening and pops out of the Wedge toward the goal line and score.  The FB should be patient with his eyes up ready to see or feel the Wedge open.  

When the Wedge play is working all is well with your offense.  Because if you can run 5 to 10 yard wedge plays all day long why show your playbook to your future competition, plus the Wedge is very intimidating to other team’s defenses.  It is a punishing play that wears out defenses.  The Wedge is physical football at its best.

I hope you like the Wedge?  Do you run the Wedge?  Would love to hear from you.  Please leave me a comment.

Thanks,
Coach Parker
Keller, Texas / Fort Worth, TX / DFW

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4 responses to “Double Wing 40 FB Gut Wedge Youth Football Play

  1. Darrin Jensen

    I was one of those coaches, saying to myself…what is this crap!? This isn’t real football… while the other team, continued to ram the wedge down my defense’s throat. I am a firm believer in the wedge’s power after installing it this last season. Honestly, I didn’t use it enough. Seeing the FB “magically” appear out of that mass of bodies ten yards down the field is a beautiful thing!

  2. Brandon Jensen

    I’ve been running the wedge for the past 4 years. I coach 13 yo now and still love it. It’s definitely our go to play. I start out every single game running the wedge till they can stop it. We score on the opening possession at least 98% of the time. Only time we don’t score is if we fumble which is rare. Every team that plays me knows that’s what I’m going to start out with and they still can’t stop it. It’s so de moralizing to the other team. As soon as they stop it I hit them with a wedge counter or if they bring their DB’s up to help stop it. I hit them with a wedge pass for an easy 6! Great play if you don’t have a wedge you really need one.

  3. John

    Waiting to hear your breakdown of the #1 play on your best plays list. We installed the beast formation in the playoffs last season and had great success.

  4. Anthony

    The Wedge is a great play I use to use it all the time. I may have over used it because now every team we play has a nose guard who submarines my center ever play. I didn’t know how demoralizing it was until other teams in the league started using it against me.

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