Here are six words you probably have never heard uttered at a high school football game: Did the receiver survive the ground?
That may be changing.
The Washington Post reported that New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association will allow a few high school football teams to experiment with video replay reviews this fall.
“The technology is available, so why not try it?” Jack Dubois, the state’s associate athletic director, told the Post. “This was actually generated from some coaches and officials who said the time is now to try to implement it and prevent some wrong calls.”
New Jersey won’t be the first state to use replay reviews at the prep level.
A Star-Tribune story noted that there was a replay booth review at a nine-man state semifinal game last November. The ruling of a fumble on the basis that a running back’s forward progress being stopped* before the ball came free was overturned.
*Yeah, that’ll make Chiefs fans cringe
Replay was in use at just the state semifinals and championship games, the Star-Tribune story said.
Alabama used instant replay in two high school spring football games in 2016, according to the Houston Chronicle, which said Texas was considering using the technology. Georgia is hoping to use replay in the playoffs, after there was a controversial call last year.
In Georgia’s proposal, replay review would be used for scoring plays, turnovers and in the game’s final two minutes.
The Post story said that officials in New Jersey would see replays using Hudl Sideline, which the company says automatically syncs every play for instant review on tablets or smartphones.