Winning margins: Are high school football games closer this season?

Winning margins: Are high school football games closer this season?

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Winning margins: Are high school football games closer this season?

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Mater Dei celebrate their first of three first half touchdowns. Mater Dei Prep football vs Keyport in Keyport, NJ on September, 24, 2016.

Mater Dei (N.J.) celebrates a touchdown against Keyport (Photo: Gannett New Jersey)

While we have all seen nights with blowouts and huge point totals, are high school football games overall getting closer this season on average?

Using data provided by Ken Massey and looking at more than 29,000 games that have taken place around the nation thus far, the answer is yes — by a little.

The average margin of victory is 24.194 points this season, down from 24.872 for the 83,621 games played last season.

The average scores for the winning teams have dropped to 37.415 from 38.656 and for the losing teams have dipped to 13.220 from 13.784. That means the total score for each game has fallen to 50.635 from 52.441 per game.

The 2015 numbers represented a slight uptick from 2014. Average margin of victory in 2014 was 24.675 with an average total points of 52.274.

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