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NFHS: Only high school football should be played under Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights should remain high school football's day to shine, according to a National Federation of State High School Associations.

The NFHS announced Wednesday it has adopted the following resolution:

“Be it resolved that every Friday night during the fall in America is ‘High School Football Night.’

“Be it further resolved that college and professional football teams should refrain from scheduling contests on Friday nights. Such restraint would be an investment in their own future success. It would also demonstrate that high school football has value well beyond the field of play. Schools, communities and scholastic teams for girls and boys all benefit when football is strong."

It should be noted that major college football has held games on Friday nights for nearly 20 years. This season, there are 50 games slated for Friday nights – including eight on Sept. 1 – which serves as Opening Night for most Western New York teams.

University at Buffalo is not one of those college programs (it opens on the road Aug. 31), although last year UB opened its season on the first Friday night of the scholastic season.

“We believe retaining Friday nights for high school contests is a plus for colleges as well as they reap the benefits of healthy programs at the high school level,” said Bob Gardner, the NFHS executive director.

With there being more teams adding lights to play Friday night games, demand for night games is out pacing supply of officials in Western New York (several work high school and college games). As a result, several games have been moved to Thursday nights and Saturdays to help accommodate the situation.

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