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"Mercy Rule" coming to HS Football in Texas

TEXAS - The first "Mercy Rule" for high school football in Texas will be implemented at the beginning of the 2012 season.

The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) has introduced and adopted the new rule.

Under the new guidelines, there will be a mandatory running of the clock in the 2nd half as long as one team holds a 40 or more point lead.

If the lead is reduced to under 40 points, regular clock timing will resume.

The rule will affect all games involving two TAPPS schools and will also be in use when a public school is playing at a TAPPS school.

However, a game involving a TAPPS school on the road at a public school, will not be subject to the new rules.

Previous rules never addressed what protocol was during a blowout, leaving it to the discretion of the opposing coaches and/or referees to make the choice of whether to run the clock.

The new rule makes it mandatory.

"You do not want to have to bring that up and the times we have been involved, especially this year," said Terry Pirtle, the head coach of Brook Hill, who won a TAPPS state championship this year, "It has been the official that is the go between on that."

Pirtle's team this year won seven games by at least 41 points.

In many of those games, the coaches decided to run the clock in the 2nd half.

"Overall (the new rule) takes it out of the coaches hands, and possibly it is a good decision, because now you don't have to reach that point or come to that during a game."

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