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LHSAA football playoff split debated at the capitol

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BATON ROUGE- Members of a joint legislative committee got answers about a plan to split the high school football playoffs between public and private schools.  Principals from the 389 schools within the Louisiana High School Athletic Association were allowed to vote.  291 of those schools have football programs.

Supporters say the split levels the playing field.  Winnfield High Principal Jane Griffin says something is not right when a school dominates a class for 30 years, while allegations of recruiting problems circle.

Most leaders from Baton Rouge area public schools opposed the split.  Parkview Baptist Academy Headmaster Don Green says it sends the wrong signal to students.  Green says he played sports for a public high school which lost to a private school three straight times in the state semifinals.  He says people on his team did not complain about losing to a better team.


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