High School Football

Idaho adds high school football mercy rule for all classifications

Mountain View quarterback Tucker Rovig holds onto the ball on an option for a two-point conversion against Nampa last season. The Mavericks’s 63-6 win over Nampa is one of six Mountain View games last season that would have been effected by the new mercy rule.
Mountain View quarterback Tucker Rovig holds onto the ball on an option for a two-point conversion against Nampa last season. The Mavericks’s 63-6 win over Nampa is one of six Mountain View games last season that would have been effected by the new mercy rule. doswald@idahostatesman.com

The Idaho High School Activities Association approved a mercy rule for all 11-man football classifications starting this fall at its board meeting Thursday.

The rule stipulates that once a team is ahead by 40 points in the second half, the clock will run continuously with the exception of timeouts, official timeouts and scoring plays. The rule will need to pass another board vote in August before it can officially take effect for the 2016 season.

The 2A Western Idaho Conference originally proposed the rule for just the 2A classification after Marsing lost to Homedale last season 72-0. But the IHSAA expanded the rule to include the 5A-2A classifications.

Idaho’s eight-man football classifications (1A Division I and II) already have a mercy rule. Recent rule changes allow 1A games to start the running clock in the first half, and a losing 1A coach can end the game at halftime or at any point in the second half.

ALSO FROM THE MEETING

▪ The IHSAA is accepting bids for audio broadcasting rights for its state tournaments. Those rights are separate from the online broadcasting rights it sold to the NFHS Network in April and could reopen the door for IdahoSports.com. The NFHS Network requires viewers to pay to watch games.

▪ Eastern Idaho’s Clark County High will co-op with Montana’s Lima High this season to play eight-man football. Dubois and Lima are separated by 41 miles, a state boundary and the Monida Pass.

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

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