Hapeville Charter and Allatoona played to a 21-21 tie on Friday. That was the first tie in a GHSA game since 2016, when Bradwell Institute and Long County finished knotted 22-22. In 2017, the GHSA outlawed ties, mandating overtime and a winner for any game that ends tied in regulation. That occurred because some thought that tie games adversely affected the Class A power ratings, which award points to Class A schools for their opponents' victories. Even before that, tie games had been declining sharply. Higher-scoring offenses and the popularity of overtime have changed that landscape. Here are the percentage and total number of GHSA games that have ended in ties by decade since the 1950s, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.
1950s - 5.0% (457)
1960s - 4.8% (618)
1970s - 2.5% (390)
1980s - 1.1% (186)
1990s - 0.4% (66)
2000s - 0.2% (40)
2010s - 0.1% (25)
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