In plays just within the side lines, the
shortfield should be carefully guarded, and
a concerted effort to force the play outside
and into touch, thus making the offensive
team lose its first trial to advance—i. e.,
the first down.
A team should never delay the game by
playing slow simply because the other side
is ahead and it is most of the time on the
defensive. It is an unfair and disgusting
practice, and unquestionably poor general¬
ship. The other side, seeing that it has
an easy thing, will simply play all the
more bold, confident, and aggressive game,
and pile up the score; whereas a constant,
stubborn resistance, a die-in-the-last-ditch
defence, will keep the other side guessing
all the time.
But ofttimes a team may find itself be¬
ing pushed back towards its own goal
steadily with no apparent good reason.
The cause may be simply a little nervous¬
ness on the part of the men, and if the