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Title games returned to home fields

After ruling that state championship football games would be played at neutral sites after the season last year, the Georgia High School Association has changed its tune. The group reversed the ruling and will allow home field advantage for schools in the title game that have stadiums capable of handling the larger crowds.

Thomson High School Head Football Coach Luther Welsh applauded the reversal, saying the first ruling should have never taken place.

"It's a good thing because I always thought that the state championship game should be played at one of the team's home field because over the years it might be the only time they ever have a state championship in their community. And it means so much to the communities," he said.

Coach Welsh said complaints from schools across the state sparked the change. He added that it would also force some school's hand at upgrading stadiums to be able to handle the big game.

"The community deserves it, and I'm glad they decided to do it," Coach Welsh said.

Web posted on Thursday, March 16, 2006

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