New Jersey is a step closer to crowning overall state champions in high school football

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On Wednesday, the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association membership voted 318-12, with six abstentions, in favor of allowing a playoff system that will allow the Garden State to play-down to a single state champion in all of the state’s groups. The vote removes a decade’s old clause in the governing body’s constitution that prohibited the crowning of state champs.

The next step will be to establish a structure that allows for a complete state championship. The New Jersey Football Coaches Association has proposed an 8-game regular season with 32-team brackets in the five public school divisions. There would also be non-public school champs in three divisions, which basically exists now. The NJSIAA’s advisory committee will need to approve the playoff structure, which may not be put into play until 2022, at the earliest.

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Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.