Inverted Wishbone QB Trap Play

Inverted Wishbone- 38 Sweep

The Inverted Wishbone QB Trap Play utilizes an athletic QB in the run game. This trap play is off of the Inverted Wishbone 38 Sweep Play. Once the defense sells out to stop the sweep play, you hit them with this QB trap play.  This play is very deceptive and fairly easy to install.  If you have a kid that can run the football playing QB, utilize him.  Make the defense have to game plan and worry about your QB as a passing and running threat!

Here is the Inverted Wishbone Sweep Play: 

Inverted Wishbone QB Trap Play off of the 38 Sweep Play (blocking diagram 1)

Inverted Wishbone QB Trap Play

There are a couple of different ways you can block this play. Here is our two favorite ways:

Center (C): Blocks head up defender. If there are two A-gap defenders the center always blocks the backside A-gap defender (protect pulling guards gap).

Right Guard (RG): Pull, trap block first defender outside of the left guard. Trapping the defensive tackle.

Right Tackle(RT): Block head up defender. Always responsible for inside gap first.

Left Guard(G): Double team nose guard (N), work onto middle linebacker.

Left Tackle (T): Release onto linebacker. Take easiest path, but ideally we want an inside release to force that defensive tackle out.

Tight-end (TE): Block defensive-end. He must always secure his inside gap first. If the (TE) has a head up or an inside gap defender the TE must block him.

Wide Receiver (WR): Work onto middle safety. When we run the sweep play we crack with the (SE). By having the (SE) work to the middle safety it looks like he is going to crack. Make sure you sell and make the defense think the (SE) is going to crack.

QB (1): Half jab step to the right, then as the (3) passes the QB runs left looking to cut off of the trap block. The point of attack is the 3 hole.

(3): Fake the sweep. It is vital that the (3) executes a good fake. He must sell the sweep play.

(2):  Fake lead blocking for sweep. Again, sell the fake.

(4): Block defensive-end. For the third time, sell the fake!!!!

QB Trap (blocking diagram 2)


You can see the only real difference here is that the (TE) is releasing for the linebacker. If that defensive end ‘stays home’ and you don’t need to block him then don’t. It  would be ideal if the (TE) can get that outside linebacker who is a threat to the play. If you elect not to block the back-side defensive-end (E) you can have the tackle release right to the middle backer and have the left guard stay with the double team of the nose guard. There are many different ways you can block this play.

Inverted Wishbone QB Trap Play – Coaching Points

  • All fakes must be executed.
  • This is a fast hitting play. You do not want the QB riding the (3) fake at all. It is the (3)’s job to sell the fake. The QB is going to jab step right, then as the (3) passes, the QB hits the hole behind the pulling guard. This needs to be a fast hitting play.
  • Pulling guard is trapping the first defender past the play-side guard.
  • If the nose guard is a dominate player just have the guard stay on the double team with the center. If you do not get the nose guard blocked well, he can blow up the play.


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