No losers allowed.

Apparently the Georgia High School Association doesn’t allow ties to be broken in football. As a result Peachtree Ridge and Roswell will share the 5-A Championship while Charlton County and Dublin will share the AA title. In the 5-A game Roswell took a knee to run out the clock and preserve the tie. The crowd booed, and if I had been there I would have too. Let’s settle the game on the field! What is this hockey or soccer?


  1. mercergirl says:

    How much time was left on the clock? And do you think Roswell knew about that rule? (I would think with as many obscure rules as there are in football that they might not have.)

  2. MidGaDawg says:

    Actually, GHSA uses a college-style overtime whenever two teams from the same classification play — the exception being, obviously, state title games. My good friend is a GHSA official, and when he explained this to me earlier in the year, neither of us could figure out why the most important game of the season is the one that can end in a tie. However, if you’re at all familiar with the old “penetration rule”, at least we’re making progress!

    (See Rule J-3 at for more info.)

  3. VictoratGaImproper says:

    Sunday 12/17/06

    pssst. It’s called Good Sportsmanship. The GHSA must have seen a need to re-teach Georgians and our growing list of State approved Monopolies to share?

    What position did you play in football and who were some of your Mentors during your formative years, when you used to have an open mind? If John McCain and Clint Eastwood can catch the Mentoring spirit, so can we.

    Pass it on. Become a Mentor.


  4. MidGaDawg says:

    Actually, that only applies for regular season games between teams in different classes (e.g., a AAA team vs. a 5A team). For same-class games and playoff games, they always use a modified college-style overtime, the lone exception being the one that REALLY counts, the state title game. I’m friends with a GHSA official, and neither of us can figure out why the distinction is there.

    See rule J-3 at for more info.

  5. JRM2016 says:

    oops except in the State Championship Game:

    The GHSA Overtime Procedure will be used whenever two schools from the same classification are tied at the end of regulation play.
    EXCEPTION: State Championship Game.
    This procedure involves giving both teams opportunities to score from the 15-yard line until the tie is broken.
    Schools from differing classifications may use the overtime procedure if agreement is reached and communicated to the Referee before the beginning of the game.
    Overtime games are exempt from the 11:30 p.m. GHSA curfew.

  6. mercergirl says:


    Actually, they did, although I don’t care- I’m a Macon girl. Besides the Marist team spent a lot of money where I work for lunch.

  7. Brian from Ellijay says:

    I know you were an Strat. Academy girl from N. Bibb, but figured you payed attention since it was close by. I said it mostly in jest since two of there teams were playing.

  8. mercergirl says:

    Oh please… I don’t claim that school unless I have to. I didn’t graduate from there. I’d almost just assume that Northside lose cause our football coach at Westside came from Warner Robins

  9. Demonbeck says:

    Sorry, soccer goes to OT then Penalty kicks in championship games. Football is the only one to still allow sister-kissing.

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