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We are off to a 2-0 start which I will always take and have the State Champions coming in next week. Our wins were very welcome but the offense is light years from being at a winning level. We played great defense both games which we knew we could do but the offense simply has issues and many. Our lack of depth is stunningly apparent for we are already missing 2 starting linemen to injury. Hopefully we get them back this week. This particular offense relies so much on the linemen and their play and with the lack of numbers of quality linemen at this point, we are reeling early in patchwork. I knew that health was an issue from the start because we simply are so short in linemen numbers and the teams we play dress 100+ and have plenty. I would say that this is our biggest challenge on the year is to keep our big dogs in the games healthy. We are in good shape in skilled positions so for that I'm grateful. Well, Back to work, Creekside....

 

 

It's a "Wing Thing"

Coach Harrison will be referring to his offense as "The Thing" or "The Wing Thing"

  My head coach Mark Adams (a blood member of the Adams Family) made a statement that "the Double Wing's The Thing". So that hit me and since there is so much confusion about The Double Wing Offense and the Double Wing Formation (which many run out of), I have adopted the term for my offense thanks to Coach Adams and the Adams Family as "The Wing Thing" which will probably be the one to catch on. I think it is appropriate and fitting to a very misunderstood offense, and it's relationship to a formation. So if any of my colleagues', double Wing Coaches, and friends out there want to start calling the Double Wing Offense by its new name, "the Wing Thing" I'd be honored and you will have some distinction that the Double Wing Offense deserves.

 

Coach Harrison Joins Coach Mark Adams

Coach Harrison and Coach Mark Adams met, and coached together at Lakeside High School in DeKalb in 2003, where they developed a good friendship and mutual respect for each other's coaching skills and knowledge. As both went to other coaching opportunities after that, Both always had in the back of their minds that if they would ever hook up somewhere down the road, that they may have a really good coaching situation on their hands. Harrison and Adams share very similar coaching philosophies and love for instructing kids in very positive motivational methods.  The history of Druid Hills Football has been very bleak in the best of times barely ever eking out over a game or two per season, but of course Harrison and Adams have a far different plan from that scenario.  Adams took over the head coaching position last year and got the program moving in the right direction and with the new and brutal region, pitting DH with AAAAA state champs Creekside, MLK, Stephenson, Chamblee, Miller Grove and Southwest DeKalb, "We must now hit the hyper-jets and hit a completely different gear to compete at this level". "I believe we can make a big difference in the Druid Hills situation, for as coaches, we believe in each other and our abilities to coach kids up to their potential, and that is what it's all about. I totally trust Coach Adams as head coach and on the defensive side and he totally trust me on the offensive side. I think we will have a lot of fun hitting this huge challenge head on and starting a new era in Druid Hills Football. After meeting and talking a bit, I don't think either one of us has anything but very high expectations going forward"!

                                                                

A few small segments of the Highlights of Harrison's teams are on this site as well as YouTube. Search Coach Harrison's Double Wing and some should pop up. There are well over 2-1/2 hours of action only highlights available on DVD on this site, but only a few small bits are on YouTube.

THE DOUBLE WING (MY OFFENSE) "It's not for everybody" 

There has been so much said and written about this oddity of an offense, and I've probably read and heard them all! A Policeman turned football coach named Don Markham developed this thing whether by accident or just in his own words, "looking for a good power play", in the late 80's or early 90's. Coach Markham found himself coaching in the largest category in California High School at Bloomington, where in 1994, he went undefeated and set the national all time scoring record of 880 points in 14 games. 63 per game I think it works out to be. However that is not how I discovered it. I was working on my offense one day and on goal-line work noticed my team really responding to tighter splits and a harder nosed approach to our offense and thought, hey, Why not run goal-line all over the field. Then I started to look around on the net and tripped up on this double wing stuff. I made a phone call or two and grilled a few folks and had them send me some info. After watching film and some instruction I knew very quickly that this was going to be my offense. After implementing it and running it in a game, I thought I may never run anything else and that happens to be the case. I had been a very successful coach with my old ways and recognized that this new offense was going to be very dependant on good and rigorous coaching but that was my gig anyway. I've always coached as if my life depended on it, so this hit right in my wheelhouse. The beauty of this Double wing offense that I will now refer to a the Thing or the "Wing Thing", is that it relies more on precision and toughness that it does actual 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 its design to keep the ball and move the chains and make the game shorter.

With all that is odd about my offense, and with all the Double Wing (The Thing) Ridiculers in the football world, 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 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 of a game, when a team leaves the field after playing my double wing, they know they have been in a game, and probably rather not do it again.

So in wrapping up this little blurb on The Thing Offense, I'll just say for those who have the nerve and the moxy, and the other stuff to pick up and run "The Thing, I salute you and "I Understand", and to those who think it's goofy, odd, and won't work, to that I say, "I Understand". The Thing is not for every one, but I'm so glad I'm one of the few.

"PS": I've had to play it a few times myself.......Not Fun, Not Fun. I'd rather not!

 

                     

  

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This site started as a very small simple family site but with coaching, and incorporating my football, it quickly became a full blown My Football site... I had noticed that many coaches and teams had a site and the various football coaching sites so, hey, I figured I had to get one too. So, this site works well in keeping in touch with other coaches on all levels that do some of the things I do. I think the main thing that launched it into this football site is the learning and the teaching of the offense, and defense I run. 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 and later having my ideas pan out in very successful campaigns. I have learned to live with the criticism of being a bit unorthodox, but believe me, everything I do coaching  is for a very good reason. No, 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'm preparing one individual for a career 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. If we don't, the team hopefully will still stand out because of our preparation. This policy has never failed me or any other coach I've admired over the years. What I have learned is that with the right preparation and approach to this game and a good communication with the kids themselves, you end up with kids playing hard, having fun, and many standout kids not just the one special kid, that is going to be good anyway!  LH

 

 

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