Poll any number of veteran football coaches at any level, and when they start drawing up X’s and O’s, at some point the wing-T will come up. High schools have been running variations of the wing-T since the 1950s.
Some coaches, such as new Bryan County offensive coordinator Ron Flott, are so fluent in the wing-T verbiage that they even know the secret wing-T handshake.
Flott comes over from Long County, where he played an important role in transitioning the Blue Tide’s program from being in its infancy to taking steps toward being more competitive.
“We ran the gun-T instead at Long and had some success,” Flott said, “so when Allen came over here from Metter, he ended up calling me to come over and take the offense. It was a good opportunity for me, so I am happy to be here.”
Flott had the unique position of regularly seeing Bryan County, which is in the same region with Long County, but this will be a new team the Redskins are putting on the field this season.
“Those teams we have played against in the past graduated just about all of those players,” Flott said. “We are young, but we are also doing what it takes to get better.”
Bryan’s offense will be led by sophomore quarterback Gage Hagan, who will get his first real varsity experience this season, but does have a solid line around him. Senior tight end John Walker, senior right tackle Clayton Sullivan and junior left tackle Connor Schaffer should give solid protection on the perimeter. Senior D.J. Winters, senior Sheldon Reese and sophomore Dahlson Brown complete the line.
Though Hagan is about to earn his first real varsity experience, he is capable of throwing the ball. But in Flott’s ground-pounding offense, it will be most important to secure a good snap, make a good handoff and carry out his fake.
Three juniors — Markez Bostick, YaDevrn Eason and Willie Lavant — are ready to carry the ball for the Redskins.
“We have been working the mesh point pretty good, and the backs are learning to run behind their blocks,” Flott said. “If we keep working, I think we can move the ball and make some good things happen.”