|Every play begins with a wall of blockers determined to keep|
the defense away from the ball carrier. Every play becomes a
battle. Isn't football a great game!
First you have to get to the ball carrier. Through a wall of blockers. Do you see any gaps in the wall above? It is difficult to even see the ball carrier, much less find and tackle her.
I browsed my defense photos from the Mustangs game. Did a little Photoshop magic to help see what is happening out there. Because I'm an Outlaws fan, I selected photo sequences where the Outlaws make the tackle. Where the wall comes tumbling down. Or at least Outlaws find a way over, under, or through the wall...
First is a three-photo series. Outlaws #12, Tenea Clay, zeroes in on the Mustang running back. Tiffany James, #41, is coming to help but won't be needed.
|This looks like a difficult play because there are two|
blockers closing in on #12, Tenea Clay. She's going to
get one chance to pull the runner down.
|I'd like a lower hit, grabbing legs instead of waist. But Tenea|
gets hold of the runner and gets the job done.
|I think Tenea Clay must be very strong. That isn't a perfect|
grasp but she hangs on in spite of the runner trying to
pull away and the blocker trying to help.
|Tiffany's left hand grabbing the runner's left arm, her right arm reaching around the middle.|
#29 Kelly Herbert, eluding a large blocker and taking aim.
|Tiffany James slowing the runner down while Kelly Herbert is closing the deal.|
|Tiffany has hold of the runner's legs - you can see her red sleeve and gloves. Kelly Hebert|
may be grasping the face mask. Sure looks that way, although the camera just catches
a instant in time; it may not be a grab, just a hand passing by?
|Tiffany, with red sleeves, and #11 Jennifer Chancellor, closing in on the runner.|
|Tiffany and Jennifer make the grab.|
|And drag the ball carrier to the turf.|