State football championship games will now be allowed to use instant replay beginning in 2018.

According to NewsWest 9, the University Interscholastic League announced the ruling on Thursday (April 19) in a press release.

The UIL explained that Texas high school football follows NCAA rules which are reviewed each year.

They will have two exceptions to the NCAA rule though. Coaches will not be allowed to challenge a play, that will be initiated by replay officials, and targeting cannot be called as a result of a review.

“With all UIL State Championship football games at a single location, we have the technology and ability to utilize these powerful tools to make the state championships the best possible experience for coaches, players, officials, and fans,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt.

Instant replay will not be allowed during regular or pre-season games and it will not be allowed for playoff games leading up to the state championship.

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