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MHSAA: All varsity football games to kick off at 7 p.m.

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With high school football a little over a month away, the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MSHAA) has announced that all regular season games will be played at 7 p.m.

The decision from the MHSAA follows a season in which league officials told schools to push back kick-off times to 7:30 p.m. during the months of August and September due to extreme heat.

During a recent episode of the “MHSAA Podcast,” executive director Ricky Neaves explained that heat index thermometers show there is no thermal difference between kicking off at 7 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m.

“I will be releasing the information from all of our heat index thermometers that we now have in the coming weeks, and it shows that there’s no difference between starting games at 7 than at 7:30,” Neaves said.

Mississippi will officially move to seven classifications when the 2023 regular season begins on August 24 for high school football.

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