WDBJ7 Sports Reporter
8:41 PM EDT, October 19, 2012
GILES COUNTY, Va.
Giles moved into the top ten in the AP state rankings this week. The Spartans’ trademark single wing was at it again last Friday in a comeback over Glenvar, led by a guy in his first year starting on offense.
When you think Giles football two words come to mind: Single Wing.
"It's a run-oriented offense and that's what we want to do. We want to establish the run,” Giles coach Jeff Williams said.
Ian Mann said, "If you're focused on one person it's hard to tell where he's going because we run across the field, back across the field.”
It's been the Spartans' bread-and-butter offense for more than three decades.
"We got our little league coaches starting out running the single wing in the little league programs. Then we get them in eighth grade and right on up through the ranks. It's single wing, single wing, single wing,” Williams said.
The system is second-nature for young football players in the area, except of course if you're not from there.
"I lived in West Virginia and transferred here my eighth grade year. I'd heard about it but never really saw it played until I moved over here. It's pretty crazy to play defense against if you don't know what's going on,” Mann said.
Giles running back Ian Mann may not have grown up with the Single Wing, but he's become a master of the attack in his senior year. He led a comeback victory over Glenvar last Friday with a career high 293 yards and four touchdowns.
"It's a great offense if you're a running back because your linemen does all the work and makes you look good,” Mann said.
This is his first year as a starter on offense. He had a stellar spring track season, including a pair of top five finishes in hurdles at the state meet. And that showed his football coaches what he could do.
"He's such a great athlete. I think he's got really great vision once he gets the ball in his hands and gets out in open space,” Williams said.
Off the field, Mann stays fairly quiet.
"One of the things I'm always trying to get him to do is talk a lot more,” Williams said.
But his numbers, including an average of 10.2 yards per carry, speak for themselves. Ian Mann is now fluent in the Single Wing.
"I wouldn't trade it for the world. I love it,” Mann said.
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