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High school football tonight, a look at which states are playing

Friday afternoon update> Since publishing, two states have decided they will not play this Fall. Connecticut announced 11v11 contact football will not be allowed; but they are open to 7 on 7 events. Rhode Island announced they simply won't allow football to be played this Fall. Interestingly, Rhode Island said volleyball also is unsafe to play; but Connecticut specifically cleared volleyball to go forward.

Original post Friday morning>

Thursday afternoon following Governor Whitmer’s release of Michigan Executive Order 176, the Michigan High School Athletic Association reversed the previous postponement of high school football. Michigan joined 35 other states who are planning to play football this fall. Thus far, Michigan is the first and only state that has reversed its postponement decision. 

As of tonight, high school football is being played in 23 states.

States that have started:

  • Utah 
  • Alaska 
  • Indiana 
  • North Dakota 
  • South Dakota 
  • Tennessee 
  • Alabama 
  • Idaho 
  • Iowa 
  • Montana 
  • Nebraska 
  • Texas 
  • Wyoming 
  • Arkansas 
  • Missouri 
  • Ohio 
  • Oklahoma 
  • West Virginia 
  • Georgia* 
  • Florida *
  • Kansas *
  • Mississippi *
  • New Hampshire*

*Start tonight 9/4

In addition to those 23 above, the 12 states below plan to play this Fall.

States that plan to play this fall:

  • Kentucky
  • Pennsylvania 
  • Rhode Island 
  • Michigan 
  • Maine 
  • New York 
  • Wisconsin 
  • South Carolina 
  • Arizona 
  • Connecticut 
  • New Jersey
  • Louisiana 

15 states, and the District of Columbia, currently are not planning to allow high school football until 2021.

States postponed to 2021:

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Colorado
  • Massachusetts
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Maryland
  • Hawaii
  • Delaware
  • Vermont

We wish everyone playing tonight good luck. Friday night football is powerful.

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