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Kickoff times for varsity football games pushed back due to extreme heat

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With high school football less than a month away, the MHSAA has announced that all games in the months of August and September will be pushed back to 7:30 p.m. — rather than the typical 7 p.m. kickoff time — due to extreme heat.

The MHSAA’s sports medicine advisory and executive committee decided to make the change due to not only the excessive heat Mississippi has seen as of late but the overall length of varsity football games.

“We felt like this would give a little bit extra to ensure the safety of our student-athletes,” MHSAA Executive Director Ricky Neaves told WMC, adding that heat timeouts will continue to be taken once per quarter during the months of August and September.

Come October, start times will move back to 7 p.m. as temperatures are expected to cool by then.

This news was first reported by Brandon Shields of Mississippi Gridiron.

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