Inside a drive Here is a five-play, 57-yard touchdown...

November 27, 2006

Inside a drive

Here is a five-play, 57-yard touchdown drive by Navy in its 49-21 rout at Eastern Michigan on Nov. 11. The drive began at the Navy 43, with the Midshipmen leading 21-0 late in the second quarter.

1. First-and-10 at Navy 43. Call: Play-action pass, giving slotback Reggie Campbell the option of going deep or turning into the flat. Result: Quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada completed to Campbell in right flat for 13 yards. Why coach Paul Johnson called it: The free safety and outside linebacker on the play side were crowding the line of scrimmage.

2. First-and-10 at the EMU 44. Call: Option, giving Kaheaku-Enhada the choice of handing off to the fullback, pitching to the slotback or keeping it himself. Result: Fullback Matt Hall gained 6 yards. Why: The previous pass caused the free safety and middle linebacker to drop back.

3. Second-and-four at the EMU 38. Call: Play-action pass, designed for wide receiver Jason Tomlinson to run a fly pattern down the right sideline. Result: Incomplete. Kaheaku-Enhada overthrew a wide-open Tomlinson and missed a possible touchdown. Why: On the previous play, the left cornerback raced across the line, anticipating an option pitch. Tomlinson caught him going for the run fake and beat him badly.

4. Third-and-four at the EMU 38. Call: Counter option, designed primarily for quarterback to gain yardage off misdirection and a trap block. Result: Kaheaku-Enhada gained 9 yards and a first down. Why: He figured the safety on the play side would step out of position, and the counter was a high-percentage way to get a first down.

5. First-and-10 at the EMU 29. Call: Play-action pass, designed primarily for wide receiver Tyree Barnes to run a post pattern after lining up left. Result: Barnes caught a 29-yard pass in the end zone. Why: Johnson noticed the right cornerback was having trouble covering Barnes earlier.

[ Gary Lambrecht]

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