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Tips for beating a 4-1 (Cover 1) defense in 6-7 age group?

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Hi, all

Coaching a team in the 6-7 age group, and we're about to face a team we scrimmaged with before the season started. They run a 4-1 defense exclusively, with 4 defenders right at the line spread out and one safety deep. I remember when we scrimmaged them, they stuffed our runs very effectively, and it was difficult to score on them without a little luck. 

Looking for some advice on plays that might work well against this defense at this age level. Obviously the strategic approach would be to throw some deeper passes with multiple receivers and exploit the fact that they only have one safety. My problem there is, I have a QB with a good arm, but only one kid who's capable of catching long passes with any consistency. I'm going to try to work out some longer plays with those two, but wondering if there are any other approaches I can take to try to exploit this defense with my running game. 

I'm actually thinking of some sort of read/option play, where my QB will roll to the right until he's beside a player he can potentially hand the ball to. In the meantime, he'll be scanning the field to see if a receiver breaks open. At my signal, he'll either throw it or then make the hand off. My hope here is that the defenders (this team doesn't seem to blitz) will be confused and some will drop back to cover, opening up more running lanes than would be available if we just took the snap and handed off immediately. 

Anyway, that's one thought. Curious of any other ideas. 

Thanks!

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