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Cover: the modified virginia tech 4-2-5 defense for high school: installation, base sets & alignments
The Modified Virginia Tech 4-2-5 Defense for High School: Installation, Base Sets & Alignments

with Lew Johnston,
Western Branch HS (VA) Football Consultant/Assistant Coach (former Head Coach);
5x District Champions, 4x District "Coach of the Year";
former Nansemond-Suffolk HS (VA) Head Coach;
2015 VISAA Division III State Champions

High school offenses across the country have taken to attacking defenses with multiple formations and by getting athletes into space. Old school defenses designed to stop power running attacks are no longer sufficient, and simple pass coverages get easily exploited by well-coached quarterbacks and wily offensive coordinators.

Your modern high school defense needs an answer, and Lew Johnston is the coach to give it to you! Having been mentored by the likes of coaches like Bud Foster (Virginia Tech Defensive Coordinator), you will learn the very best strategies, coverages, and blitzes that will help you dominate offenses on game day.

Using an informative slide show with detailed instruction and game film, Johnston demonstrates the necessary steps to adapt today's popular college football defense, the 4-2-5 (used by teams like Virginia Tech and TCU), and modify it for the high school game.

Alignments, Assignments, and Techniques

Johnston gives you his keys to managing personnel, as well as multiple fronts (odd and even) that will keep your team gap-sound while confusing opposing linemen. Additionally, you'll get stunts that further frustrate your opponent by pressuring gaps before or after the snap.

To wrap it all together, Johnston provides play calls and communication lingo that will allow your defense to quickly adjust to motions and shifts.

From Philosophy to Game Film

Coach Johnston dives into multiple fronts to keep your defense flexible, innovative stunts that can exploit weak gaps on the line, and, provides valuable play calls to make sure you have an unblocked defender at the point of attack.

You'll get fronts and adjustments such as:

  • Even fronts, standard 4-2-5, "Nickel package"
  • Odd fronts, modified 3-4-4, "Dime package"
  • Proper alignments against spread offenses from doubles, trips and empty sets
  • Split field pass coverage to frustrate QB pre-snap reads
  • You'll also see Johnston use a well-designed slide show presentation to break down each defensive front with diagrams and discussion.

    This video has everything you need to know about defending pass-happy spread offenses. You will learn the personnel, alignments, stunts, and the system of communication that will counter your opponents' spread offense and render their 'athletes in open spaces' useless.

    89 minutes. 2018.

DVD
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Cover: the modified virginia tech 4-2-5 for high school: split-field coverages
The Modified Virginia Tech 4-2-5 for High School: Split-Field Coverages

with Lew Johnston,
Western Branch HS (VA) Football Consultant/Assistant Coach (former Head Coach);
5x District Champions, 4x District "Coach of the Year";
former Nansemond-Suffolk HS (VA) Head Coach;
2015 VISAA Division III State Champions

With today's sophisticated offenses, it's difficult to remain set in one coverage and have success. With "split-field" coverages, your team can run two independent coverages on each side of the ball, which puts the pressure back onto the offense.

In this video, Lew Johnston shares how he utilizes split-field coverages in his state championship defense, which is Johnston's 'Bud Foster/VTech teams'-patterned version of the 4-2-5.

Split Field Coverage

Coach Johnston shares all of his split-field coverage secrets, including the best "read-side" coverages, complementary "away-side" coverages and special "trips" and "empty" coverage combinations.

You'll learn how simple calls off of the release of the number two receiver dictate coverage on the routes. A "line of demarcation" dictates if the receiver is vertical or not. Johnston shares that the "read" side is the strength of the formation and the coverage call is made based on the formation of the receivers. Meanwhile, the "away" side is called for the weak side of the passing strength.

Dare Opponents to Throw the Ball!

Johnston details multiple coverage combinations and even some secondary blitzes. These include coverages that will produce double teams on key receivers, "robber" players that take away easy throws, and surprise blitzes that will leave your opponent at a huge disadvantage. There's also explanation on how to best utilize:

  • Quarters coverage
  • Cover 2 scheme
  • Special calls for single receivers

You'll also see Coach Johnston use a well-designed slide show presentation to break down each split-field coverage with diagrams and discussion.

Split-field coverage is the answer for defending teams that run spread offenses on your schedule. Coach Johnston simplifies the concept in this easy-to-follow instructional video!

39 minutes. 2018.

DVD
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Cover: the modified virginia tech 4-2-5 for high school: man blitzes & whole field coverages
The Modified Virginia Tech 4-2-5 for High School: Man Blitzes & Whole Field Coverages

with Lew Johnston,
Western Branch HS (VA) Football Consultant/Assistant Coach (former Head Coach);
5x District Champions, 4x District "Coach of the Year";
former Nansemond-Suffolk HS (VA) Head Coach;
2015 VISAA Division III State Champions

Stopping today's multiple spread offenses often requires blitzing and playing multiple coverage schemes. Keeping the scheme simple is always the key, and in this video, Lew Johnston shares how he does it in his state championship defense.

Using an informative slide show with detailed instruction and game film, Johnston demonstrates how to attack offenses with aggressive blitz packages and how to use sound, whole field defensive coverages.

Man Blitzes & Whole Field Coverages

Over 12 blitz packages that attack every gap are covered by Johnston. He shares the best way to communicate these blitzes with your players in today's fast-paced game. Additionally, you'll see six whole field coverages that make your defense rock solid on both the front- and back-end.

Coverage rules for how to best use blitzes AND whole field coverage in the multiple 4-2-5 are also provided.

Send the House!

Johnston runs through coverages that will have your defense ready to match any offensive pass combination, while also giving you the option to pressure the quarterback through aggressive blitzing. Some of these blitzes include:

  • A gap and double A gap blitzes
  • B and C gap blitzes
  • Secondary blitzes

You'll also see Coach Johnston use a well-designed slideshow presentation to break down each blitz package with diagrams and discussion.

The simplistic approach to identifying the blitz scheme is what makes this video so valuable to any coach looking to learn more about man blitzes. Allow Coach Johnston to help you make your defense better this season!

50 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: the modified virginia tech 4-2-5 for high school: zone blitzes
The Modified Virginia Tech 4-2-5 for High School: Zone Blitzes

with Lew Johnston,
Western Branch HS (VA) Football Consultant/Assistant Coach (former Head Coach);
5x District Champions, 4x District "Coach of the Year";
former Nansemond-Suffolk HS (VA) Head Coach;
2015 VISAA Division III State Champions

The zone blitz was popularized by the Pittsburgh Steelers and has now worked its way down to the high school level. In this video, Lew Johnston shares his high school version of the Virginia Tech zone blitz he adapted after consulting with Bud Foster.

Using an informative slide show with detailed instruction and game film, Johnston demonstrates how to dominate offenses with zone blitzing. A favorite of the NFL and of college teams, this sophisticated defensive blitz is easily modified for the high school 4-2-5 defense.

Zone Blitzes

Coach Johnston teaches the best defensive fronts for zone blitzes. You'll learn the best "areas" or sides of the offense to attack. Additionally, Johnston provides eight zone blitzes out of multiple formations and gives you the techniques that linemen, linebackers and defensive backs need to find success using the zone blitz.

Be Aggressive!

Johnston covers multiple zone blitz packages and even some stunts to keep opposing lineman guessing. These include coverages that will sometimes produce "big man touchdowns" when defensive ends intercept quick game passes. With this multiple front defense, you can install zone blitzes out of:

  • Odd fronts
  • Even fronts
  • Three deep coverage
  • Three under coverage

You'll also see Coach Johnston use a well-designed slide show presentation to break down each zone blitz in his arsenal with diagrams and discussion.

Any coach wanting to learn an effective zone blitz will quickly become knowledgeable knowing where to begin by applying Coach Johnston's main points in this video!

61 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: derek pennington's football 4-pack
Derek Pennington's Football 4-Pack
FD-05392A:

with Derek Pennington,
Zeeland East High School (TX) Head Coach;
2017 1st Round Playoff Appearance (9-1 record in 2017)

If you've ever wanted to run the power read in your offense, or enhance the version of the power read you're currently running, then this video from Zeeland East High School head coach Derek Pennington is exactly what you need!

Coach Pennington begins by going over the basic power read play. The blocking scheme is diagrammed against several common defensive alignments and includes key coaching points and adjustments against specific defenses.

Pennington also spends considerable time on the footwork of the running back and the read progression of the quarterback. You'll get the blocking scheme, alignments, and reads for every player. Additionally, you'll learn the read progression for the quarterback and see how to run the power read from various formations and personnel groupings.

Complementary Plays

Coach Pennington diagrams two complementary plays that feature the same backfield action, but are designed to take advantage of how a defense attempts to defend the power read scheme. These plays also help protect the base power read from an overcompensating defense. You'll learn:

  • The QB Slam play that blocks the defensive end rather than read him. This gives the defense a different twist on a similar look.
  • The quarterback counter play that features similar backfield action as the power read, but a kickout block on the defensive end and a seal block by the H back.
  • Why these plays are an excellent way to get an athletic quarterback more involved in the run game.

Power Read Play Action

The last concept covered in this video is play action passes that utilize similar backfield action to the power read. Coach Pennington includes various protection schemes as well as individual routes and the quarterback read progression. He describes when he likes to call certain play action passes and the defensive looks that he thinks each particular play is best against. You'll see:

  • The H wheel play out of a 3x1 formation.
  • The running back wheel play which is very difficult for the defense to recognize.
  • The X Slant play that takes advantage of a defense that spins their safeties to adjust to motion.

Coach Pennington does an excellent job of diagramming the power read play, including complementary running plays and several play action passes. This video is an excellent resource for any coach that wants to utilize the power read scheme.

70 minutes. 2018.



FD-05392B:

with Derek Pennington,
Zeeland East High School (TX) Head Coach;
2017 1st Round Playoff Appearance (9-1 record in 2017)

Utilizing your athletic quarterback as a runner in your offense will create headaches and serious problems for even the most elaborate defensive scheme.

Many coaches put their best athlete at the QB position to take advantage of all of their skills. In this video, Zeeland East High School head coach Derek Pennington shows you many ways to take advantage of an athletic QB, including plays like the:

  • Trey Read
  • GT Read & GT Read with an H Back
  • Midline
  • Veer without motion
  • Veer with Orbit motion

Pennington uses a PowerPoint to share diagrams and discuss each play before using extensive game video to show you the plays versus several looks. Additionally, he gives you different reads that the QB may encounter running the offense.

Whether you're facing a six, seven, eight, or nine man box, Coach Pennington shows how to effectively move the ball on the ground. His scheme is designed to leave a read man unblocked on each play, allowing for better blocking angles on the remaining defenders.

Also shown is a dual read veer into the boundary with the H back, as well as a QB read on the weak side defensive end. This scheme allows for an extra blocker at the point of attack,

DVD
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