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Defeat on the gridiron leads to questions about a mercy rule


Associated Press - November 6, 2019

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota high school quarterfinals playoff football game that ended with the undefeated Pierre Governors walloping the winless Spearfish Spartans 103-0 have some people, including a state lawmaker, calling for a mercy rule.

Pierre led 42-0 after the first quarter, 75-0 at halftime and 96-0 after the third quarter. The Argus Leader reports that Pierre rested its starters early and played their fourth-string lineup for a good chunk of Thursday’s Class 11AA quarterfinal game.

State Rep. Fred Deutsch, of Florence, says people have asked him for legislation to fix the problem.

The mercy rule calls for a running clock when games get out of hand. There are seven classes in South Dakota football, three classes for 9 man and 4 classes for 11 man. Classes 11A and below all have a mercy and running clock rule, but Classes 11AA and 11AAA don’t.

South Dakota High School Activities Association officials say they will recommend it again and look at the classification process.

 



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