"There's so many different aspects of the offense you can use," said Crespi quarterback Kevin Prince, who's out for the season because of a knee injury. "It's a lot more beneficial than being under center."
"It's sort of a fad," San Clemente Coach Eric Patton said. "Everything comes down from college and the pros."
Gasca remembers watching video of John Elway as a high school quarterback at Granada Hills in the late 1970s, running the shotgun with a bad knee.
"He dragged himself around," Gasca said. "You're further from the blitz, get more line protection and more time to get rid of the ball."
There are negatives to the shotgun. If the center doesn't snap the ball on a line drive or it hits the ground, problems are immediate. And shotgun teams seem to have trouble moving the ball once they reach deep into their opponents' territory.
"Around the 20-yard line, it's a lot tougher to make yards," Gasca said. "A lot of teams get bogged down."
How long the shotgun will stay en vogue remains to be seen.
"If you save your playbook long enough, you can reuse it because it will go back in style," Gasca said.
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