One of the most prolific small school programs in Illinois is led by Josh Jostes, Head Football Coach at Maroa-Forsyth High School in Maroa, Il. M-F has 380 students and 75 members on the football team. For such a small school, those are tremendous numbers. As Jostes says, “Football’s a big deal in our community.” The Trojans have played in 7 of the last 12 championship games and don’t appear to be slowing down. They are a Spread Offense team and the screen game is a main staple of their offense. Jostes has a strong belief that the type of offense they run has a lot to do with how many boys come out for football. It is a share the ball offense and M-F had 7 players last fall that had over 400 yards of varsity offense. Click here for video.
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Although they certainly have more in their offense besides the screen game, Jostes considers the screen game the most important part of their offense. Their screen game consists of:
- Receiver Screens (bubble screens, quick screen, tunnel screen)
- Running Back Screens (slow screen, bubble screen)
- TE/H/Y Screens (shuffle pass, roll out throwbacks)
Also included is footwork and timing, line and receiver blocking, play action and gimmicks, and how the offense is installed. Coach has every screen broken down so that they know how much every screen gains per play and how many times they run each screen during the season. There are plenty of diagrams and film footage to help illustrate the finer points and see the offense in action.
Is the screen game easy to learn? Coach emphasized that his sophomore QB learned the basics for reads and throws and got better all season. He feels any high school QB can make the reads and throws. Whether you want to install all of the M-F screens or just a two or three, this video will give you all you need. I loved it. Click here for video.
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Coach L. Albaugh DBLITY
Coach Albaugh coached high school football in Illinois for 28 years. During that time he coached at every level and on both sides of the ball. He was the offensive and defensive line coach for four undefeated teams and was a defensive coordinator in his last 11 years, twice reaching the semi finals of the Illinois state playoffs.