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Army-Navy a celebration of the triple-option offense

Army-Navy a celebration of the triple-option offense

It did not take long for Ken Niumatalolo to believe.

He'd never played a down of triple-option football before a 29-year-old offensive coordinator named Paul Johnson showed up at the University of Hawaii, where Niumatalolo was the quarterback. The Rainbow Warriors had lost several NFL talents from the previous year's team but within a few games, they were scoring more points than they had before switching to Johnson's beautiful math equation of an offense, known as the flexbone.

"I could tell what he was doing was pretty special," Niumatalolo recalled. "We could move the ball against anybody. So I knew then that this wasn't a gimmick...