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OHSAA shortens football season

COLUMBUS ­- The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Friday that if high school football games are approved by the Governor, the regular season slate will be shortened to six games and all teams will enter the playoffs beginning Oct. 9. The state championship games will be played no later than November 21.

The action, approved by the OHSAA Board of Directors by a 9-0 vote, follows the recommendation of the Governor’s Office to shorten the season due to concerns that COVID-19 may spike in early winter.

Instead of the computer ratings system determining which teams qualify for the playoffs, the coaches in each region will conduct a tournament seed meeting the week of Sept. 28 to form the regional bracket, similar to the process in other OHSAA team sports.

Schools may keep their first six previously scheduled games, but all regular-season football contracts are now voidable by either school, especially in the event that conferences redo their league schedules to fit into the first six weeks. In addition, the OHSAA will determine new playoff regions in September. Schools that are eliminated from the playoffs may continue to schedule regular-season games up until Nov. 14.

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