MHSAA high school football rule changes

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A couple of new rules are coming to the high school football ranks in 2019, passed down by the Mississippi High School Activities Association.

For starters, a 40-second play clock from the time the previous play is blown dead as opposed to a 25-second play clock from the time the ball is spotted. The rationale is to keep pace of play more consistent for both sides, despite concerns that run-heavy teams will be able to drain more time off the clock.

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In addition, the MHSAA will adopt instant replay in state championship games, following in the footsteps of the MAIS, which utilized such technology in 2018.