School board backs digital play clocks for football

Staff Writer

Don’t leave your seat this fall at Kane Area High School football games.
You just might miss a play or two.
A rule change by the National Federation of State High School Associations will see the play clocks set at 40 seconds instead of 25 seconds.
However, the clocks now will be activated by a member of the on-field officiating crew as soon as the previous play is blown dead. 
Teams on offense will need to run their next play within the 40-second window or face a delay of game penalty.
For example, the play clock will begin as soon as the ball touches the ground after an incomplete pass.