Below you will find an ANEFO Loom video presentation titled “Blindside Blocks.” Seven video clips are presented from local Massachusetts football games that illustrate “Blindside Blocks” as it applies to NFHS rules. The seven video clips, along with a explanation from Tom Brow, ANEFO Rules Interpreter, focus primarily on blocks against an opponent, other than the runner, who is not able to see the blocker approaching. This action includes forceful contact that clearly results in a foul, unless the blindside block is outside of the free-blocking zone and is initiated with open hands (open palms to the opponent). Keep in mind that with such a block, the blocker may not lead with the shoulder and/or helmet into the head or neck area of the opposing player. If the latter is the case, then the blindside block would get kicked up or ratcheted to a “targeting” foul which also carries an ejection.
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