This 1940s football film presents DEFENSIVE FOOTBALL as it was seen in the leather helmet era. College teams are featured.
Narrator begins this way: As most players may not know the many facets of a football game, this film will break down techniques and terms such as a reverse running play, a spin or run (:33). There are various formations in defense, the first being the five man line (:54). For a stronger defense, the guard will move in (1:00) and for an even stronger one the center moves in (1:67). Defensive mistakes are costly (1:20). Here (1:30), the offensive formation end is baited into a trap. To prevent mistakes, the defense will call signals (2:12) as this center signals his teammates for a five man line with himself backing up the line (2:18). The play rolls out, and the ball carrier is ‘stopped cold’ (2:29). A play in slow motion displays the end moving in, warding off his would be blockers and stopping the ball carrier (2:38). An example of a solid defensive play is depicted in which the ball carrier is slowed by the defensive end and the full back is able to complete the play (2:54). Protection for the kicker is vital as if he is blocked, the kick may cost the game (3:23). In a forward pass, an optimal offense is to build a wall around the passer (3:54). With good passing and recieving, a touchdown is easily completed (4:21). The defense in this play (4:42), shows viewers a perfect example of running by deceiving opponents with a change of pace and evasive maneuvers (4:52). A play showing perfect ball handling is exemplified (5:20) and pays off in a touchdown (6:03). If a slip, or fumble occurs it will give the opposing team ample opportunity to retrieve the ball (6:16). Proficient deception tricks the defense into making a false move (6:24). Harvard players utilize deceptive spinners in which the player catches the ball and completely spins, running through the line (6:37). In another play, the mouse trap, the carrier gets through the lines gaining yards (7:30). Carriers must be alert and aware in every scenario (7:49). The famed trapeze play is of the trickiest (8:08). In it, the center tosses to the quarter back, who will then reverse it to the left half and again reverse it to the right half (8:08). He will start around the left end, but instead laterals the ball to the full back, and he will pass it along to the forward pass (8:24). The play is completed, a touchdown is scored and the film snaps to it’s end (8:58).
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