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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio High School Athletic Association has adopted a football point-differential rule for this fall that will provide for a running clock in most instances after a team takes a 30-point lead in the second half.

The sanctioning body added the rule after consultation with the state's football coaches association. The rule, meant to speed up lopsided games and protect player safety, is used by many states.

After a team's lead reaches 30 points in the second half, the game clock will stop only for a team or official's timeout, the end of a period or when someone scores. It will start again for the next play and will continue to run in all other situations.

If the lead drops below 30 points, the clock reverts to regular timing.

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