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No mercy rule in Texas high school football
October 24, 2013 - Burt Angeli
Michigan and Wisconsin are two of 16 states that play high school football with a mercy rule. When the score reaches blowout proportions in the second half, there’s a running clock to wrap the game up in a hurry.
Texas, the home of unbeaten Aledo High School and a 91-0 winner over Fort Worth Western Hills, does not have a mercy rule. That score, and a misguided bullying charge, made national news recently.
Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star Telegram would like to see Texas with a mercy rule.
Peter Contreras, the assistant athletic director of the UIL, told Galloway: “What we have now, by rule, is both coaches can agree to stop a game at any point after halftime. But that’s tough on the coach on the losing end, to have to tell his kids, we aren’t going to play anymore because you aren’t good enough.”
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