We ran it two different ways....with the qb, and with the fullback. When we ran it with the qb we always got at least 3 yards. However, when we ran it with the fullback, sometimes it would go for a touchdown. We would always run it with some type of motion to distract the defense. It works best with a two TE set. We would line up in a double tight double wing, and send a wingback in deep motion, give to the fb on the wedge, and fake to the wing back, then bootleg(bucksweep only with wedge blocking). Great short yardage and goal line play. I don't know why high schools don't run it more. Our local high school lost a game last year because it was 4th and inches, and they ran a HB Iso, and got stopped in the backfield.......why would you take the ball three yards back, and three yards forward to gain inches??
Anyhow, the wedge was one of our best plays. Anyone have other plays that were very successful?
Another great play we had was a QB Iso.....absolutely killer against a 5-3 defense. We would line up in a spread shotgun formation(SE and slot on both sides....HB by the qb in the shotgun), and on the snap, the G's would block out on the DT's, the tackles would double team the OLB's with the slots, and the center would take the NT wherever he wanted to go. The HB would then lead up the middle, reading the center's block, and leading on the Mike backer.........easy 10 yards every time.
We had some sucess with wedge as well...Out of a double wing...we would fake to the FB and the qb would follow in to the line.....poor nose tackle had a tuff time with it. I've also found a fake sweep/toss HB pass is almost always open....great play.
I agree on the Wedge. Run it with motion out of Double Wing and have your QB either bootleg or option fake it. In Youth Football, VERY often you will see the FB find a seam and break it. You don't necessarily need a big strong FB, just a kid who can find the seam. Practice it so all your linemen are Wedging on the same DL, and vary from the odd/even fronts.