Sep. 22—One parent likened Patterson Mill’s offense to a sort of wizardry.
As she watched from the stands while the Huskies Wing-T formation offense trampled over Bohemia Manor, eventually to a 41-14 win, she turned to a friend and said plainly, “It’s like a magic trick.”
There may not have been any actual sorcery, but the Huskies offense certainly offered some sleight of hand or sparks of fire on plays that appeared dead. Patterson Mill coach Dave Huryk first learned the Wing-T while coaching under the late Eric Webber, a longtime Sparrows Point coach. The offensive formation has been a staple of Huryk’s ever since — and the catalyst of his Huskies’ 4-0 start.
“These guys have bought into it and it’s been great,” the second-year Huskies coach said. “We got a lot of different guys that are willing to step up and make plays. Different guy carrying the ball but it still all looks the same. Linemen that are willing to dig in and do the tough work.”
The Wing-T is an offense designed to create misdirection. This version’s most notable trait is the three backs lined up beside each other behind the quarterback. When Patterson Mill’s signal caller, freshman Brycen Hunter, takes the snap and turns around, he has four options of where to go with the ball — including holding onto it — all while his back is turned to the defense.
Junior running back RJ Wilhelm was the most significant benefactor of the offense Friday night breaking loose for three touchdowns, including one 65-yard score to put Patterson Mill up 34-14 as time expired in the third quarter.
“The [Wing-T] is a lot of fun,” Wilhelm said. “When we have games like this, it’s just fun being with everybody. The energy is high and we’re taking care of business.”
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