Wing-T Doesn’t Need Stars, Just Whole Team

The whiteboard in Head Football Coach Mark Farriba’s fieldhouse office is filled with X’s and O’s diagramming plays in his Wing-T offense.

The Wing-T, which Farriba brought with him from Prince Avenue Christian School in Athens – where his team played in the GHSA Class A state championship last season – is a run-centered system based on misdirection.

“The fullback and wingbacks are going at full speed in different directions on almost every single play,” senior quarterback John Mitchell said. “The quarterback’s job is to make sure the ball is hidden where the defense can’t see who is being given the ball.”

Farriba said that the Wing-T allows for the whole team to get more involved and “gives us the chance to not be so dependent on one person.”

The challenge of running this style of offense is to make sure it only confuses the opposing team, not the offense running the plays.

Farriba emphasized that communication and “paying attention to every little detail” is the key to making the offense run smoothly – and in the right direction – on the field.

“It’s just trying to teach a lot of the guys names of things and ways to communicate a lot of different things,” Farriba said.

The new offense also puts less emphasis on a few star players, but requires every team member to pull their weight.

“You can have the X’s and O’s, but all it really comes down to is whether the Jimmies and Joes can execute,” Mitchell said.