ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- New Jersey may soon crown a statewide high school football champion.

In an overwhelming vote of 318 to 12, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, the body that oversees high school sports in New Jersey, voted to remove a prohibition of naming statewide champions in the sport. Six schools abstained. 

It is now expected that a measure will be put forward by the New Jersey Football Coaches Association to create a schedule that would allow for a state playoff, leading to a Group Championship.  The proposal is expected to reduce the number of games to eight games in the regular season. Teams qualifying for the post-season will then play opening round games, with the losing teams having the option to play consolation games against other teams that lost in the opening round.

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Teams that do not qualify for the playoffs will be given the opportunity to play two consolation games against other teams that did not qualify for the playoffs.

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