Installing the new playbook didn’t happen overnight. Even though the offense was run before, the players currently on the team had never run it. That meant the coaches had to adapt the language they used with the spread to what they were doing with the new I-form.
That has caused a few harmless hiccups from time to time.
“I called a play two weeks ago that was how we used to call it,” Barrow said. “It was the same play. Coach (Brian) Spell didn’t catch it, because that’s how we used to do it. In our two-back system, when we went to exclusively spread, we changed all our terminology. When we went back, we didn’t change the terminology, because we didn’t want to confuse us. It was harder on us (coaches) than the kids.”
The offense Nederland is running is also not entirely its old look. Barrow and the rest of the coaching staff have strived to take the best things about the spread and use it in this new set, along with the new formations.
That also means keeping the ability for Raines and the offense to check with the sideline for audibles based on how the defense lines up.
“That was the number one thing we said when we went back to this offense,” Barrow said. “We didn’t want to handcuff ourselves just because we’re going back to the line of scrimmage and maybe see what the defense is doing. That’s something you think more of in the spread, but it’s been a big piece for us.”
BULLDOG BITES: Controversy only matters when a team loses, usually. But, Dawson’s final play of regulation had lots of questions about it from fans. The Nederland coaches didn’t see anything illegal about the substitution bringing a kicker onto the field. But, the illegal shift penalty being a dead ball foul was news to Neumann. It all has to do with whether a team has huddled or not before the penalty. If the offense breaks the huddle, goes to the line and has an illegal shift called, it’s a live ball foul, meaning the play that follows the shift can stand if the opposing coach declines the penalty. If the team does not huddle, though, the shift results in a dead ball foul, meaning the resulting play didn’t happen. … Nederland had a few first against Dawson in the box score. First, it was the first time all season that the Bulldogs failed to rush for at least 100 yards in a game. Nederland rushed for 82 yards against Dawson. Its previous low was 111 yards against Vidor in Week 4. Dawson’s 382 yards of offense was the most Nederland’s defense has allowed all season. However, Dawson ended up rushing for just 3.81 yards per carry. There were five times this season that Nederland allowed more yards per carry. …The Bulldogs did pass a threshold with the 22 points they scored against Dawson. Nederland now has 400 points this season. It’s the first time since 2004 they’ve hit that mark and just the seventh time in school history. The school record is 480 points scored in 1999, when the Bulldogs went 11-2.