How Steve Carell and Ed Piotrowski help Myrtle Beach find the end zone on Friday nights
Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:02:52 GMT —
The Myrtle Beach offense showed how high octane it can be when it scored a 56-55 win over Conway last week. Tyler Keane threw eight touchdown passes to tie a state record and was presented with an HTC Game Ball for his efforts. Since Mickey Wilson took over head coaching duties in 2009, the Seahawks have scored 40 or more points in 26 games (54 percent of Myrtle Beach games in the last four years). The Myrtle Beach offense leans heavily on the pass and often uses four and five wide receiver sets.
Myrtle Beach's complicated and sophisticated offense features unique formations that include lineman standing away from the center. Wilson saw the Oregon Ducks using giant flash cards to call in plays and formations from the sideline. Now Myrtle Beach uses a series of four images to relay specific formations and play calls
"It helps us to knock out some confusion," Wilson said. "Really it's to dictate what our personnel packages are. Our guys can look over and see them pretty quickly we don't have to scream and holler and signal and all that good stuff. It makes it easy to get our personnel right on the field and our kids kind of enjoy seeing different pictures out there."
The twenty or so cards in Myrtle Beach's arsenal feature a little bit of everything from animal pictures to Batman and even pictures of WPDE personalities.
"There's just so much we can do out of every formation, it's not necessarily a long pass," Keane said. "We can do everything out of every formation most." The Seahawks were comfortable showing all of their flash cards, but weren't giving too many details on what each symbol exactly meant. Keane said that he is a big fan of the Mark Haggard symbol, while coach Wilson joked that the Ed Piotrowski's card that features actor Steve Carell, Tom Brady and a photo of a rhino has scored many more touchdowns than any other WPDE flash card.