Bunch Goal Line Gold from our Flag Football Plays 5 on 5 Collection may not look special, but it’s mine and a lot of teams #1 go-to play for short yardage situations, especially around the goal line. It’s so effective, I tend to run it multiple times per game because it’s easy to read and easy to execute with multiple options, and takes awhile to understand how to defend. 98% of the time, especially on the goal line out of a bunch formation, the defense will be in a zone, typically a 3-1 of 4 across, and this play will work easily against both.
There are really 2 primary reads on this play, the center, and  trailing across the back of the end zone. It’s important that you take the snap under center, and from there I usually give a fake step to the right to freeze the defense and rusher, then roll to the left down the line of scrimmage for the quick pitch or throw. If  comes open immediately to the outside, hit him, but typically he’s just drawing out the outside defender to the sideline. If you’re on the 5 yard line for an extra point,  will run 2 yards past making his route a 7 hard curl, pushing the head up defender back a couple steps. Your primary read is the center, who pushes up field 3-4 yards with , then cuts underneath him down the line to gain or goal line, ready for a quick pitch from the quarterback.
Typically, this opens up the first time you run the play without any problem, event multiple in a row unless the strongside middle short defender is very aggressive or physical and doesn’t back up off the goal line. If he does this, that should mean the back of the end zone is wide open, as it’s extremely hard for the weakside defender to trail this route and defend it properly. As a quarterback, I tend to fake a pitch to the center in this situation, and just flip the ball towards the back of the end zone hitting  in stride for an easy conversion.
If you’re playing against a team that knows this is your go-to play, you can still line up in this formation and change it so slightly that it’s hard to defend by having  spring to the right after his curl, or have the center run a snag route back to the right, with  faking left and hitting the back right cone making it a completely new play with similar zone breaking abilities. Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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