High school football, in North America, refers to the game of football as it is played in the United States and Canada. It ranks among the most popular interscholastic sports in both of these nations. High school football, also referred to as prep football or preps football, dates back to the late 19th century, concurrent with the start of many college football programs. In the late 19th and early 20th century, many college and high school teams played against one another. Many other traditions of high school football such as pep rallies, marching bands, mascots, and homecomings are mirrored in college football. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) establishes the rules of High School Football in the United States. Two states, Texas and Massachusetts, use NCAA playing rules except as shown below. With their common ancestry, the NFHS rules of high school football are largely similar to the college game, though with some important differences: At least one unique high school rule has been adopted by college football. In 1996, the overtime rules originally utilized by Kansas high school teams were adopted by the NCAA. Most Canadian schools use Canadian
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