2019 Football Practice Test

Welcome to your LHSAA 2019 Football Practice Test

The final test will come from these questions. LHSAA test questions come from the NFHS Rules Book, including rule changes, Points of Emphasis and Fundamentals, as well as the Louisiana Mechanics Manual and NFHS Case Book.

NOTE: In the following questions, “A” refers to the team which puts the ball in play (Offense), and “B” refers to their opponents (Defense). “K” refers to the kicking team and “R” refers to the receiving team. “A1”, “A2”...etc., “B1”...“K1”...and “R1” are players of these teams. If team possession changes during a down, each team retains its identity. In a kicking situation, it is not during a try and no fair catch signal has been given unless so specified. Unless otherwise stated, acts occur while the ball is inbounds; a forward pass is legal; any out-of-bounds is between the goal lines; “line” means scrimmage line; reference to a foul is to a player foul which is not unsportsmanlike; there is no foul or change of possession unless so stated; penalties are considered accepted. Important: Answers to these questions should be selected based solely on the information stated therein.

1. Team K is attempting a Try. During the unsuccessful kick, K47 is flagged for blocking below the waist. RULING: Team R must decline the penalty to avoid a replay of the down. [5-2-2b]
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Team K’s deep kickoff bounces at R’s 10-yard line and is in the air above the end zone when R30, standing on his 1-yard line, reaches in and grabs it and begins a return. RULING: Since the kick did not touch the ground or any player in the end zone, R30’s return is allowed to continue. [4-2-2d1; 6-3-1a; Case Book 4.2.2 D]

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3.

A cloud-to-ground lightning bolt is seen. RULING: The officiating crew should suspend play and undertake the recommended safety precautions. [Rules Book Pg. 102: NFHS GUIDELINES (Lightning – 3)]

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4.

Team A goes into formation with all players motionless for 3 seconds. When the QB says “Set,” all players go into a 3-point stance except guard A62. Back A38 then starts in motion after which A62 goes into his 3-point stance. The ball is snapped 2 seconds later. RULING: [7-2-6, Penalty]

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5.

B29 intercepts a pass at his own 4-yard line. After turning and running a few steps, he is hit and fumbles. The ball rolls back and hits the goal-line pylon which is properly placed. RULING: [1-2-4; 4-3-2; 7-4-4; 8-5-2b]

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6.

After the ball goes out of bounds, both the game clock and the play clock will start on the ready-for-play signal. [3-4-3a; 3-4-4e; 3-6-1a2]

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7.

When weather conditions are construed to be hazardous to life or limb of the participants, the crew of game officials is authorized to make the decision on whether to delay or suspend the game. [3-1-5; Case Book 3.1.5 A, B]

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8.

It is illegal to intentionally throw a backward pass out of bounds to stop the clock. [7-4-1]

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9.

A blindside block against an opponent other than the runner is legal if it is initiated within the free-blocking zone. [9-4-3n; Case Book 9.4.3 W, X]

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10.

Replaced players shall begin to leave the field within 3 seconds of being so informed. [3-7-1; Case Book 3.7.1 A]

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11.

Team A scores a touchdown during the last timed down of the 1ST period. During the successful 2-point Try, B58 is flagged for roughing the passer. RULING: The penalty will be assessed on the succeeding kickoff after the teams change ends. No extension of the period. [3-3-4a; 8-3-5b]

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12.

After the ball is ready for play, each player of A who participated in the previous down and each substitute for A must have been, momentarily, between the 9-yard marks, before the snap. [7-2-1; Case Book 7.2.1 C]

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13.

An inadvertent whistle ends the down. [4-2-3]

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14.

The Umpire shall ascertain that the game balls and all player equipment are legal and meet rules specifications. [1-3-3; 1-5-4]

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15.

Because an inadvertent whistle is an “error” on the official’s part and prematurely ends the down, penalty enforcement for fouls after the whistle is the same as for live-ball fouls. [4-2-2j; 4-2-3; 10-4-5b]

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16.

R27 returns a punt but fumbles during his return. K65 dives to the ground and recovers the fumble. RULING: 1st and 10 for Team K, and the clock starts on the snap. [3-4-3c; 5-1-3f]

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17.

An offensive player may push, pull or lift the runner to assist his forward progress only if that action occurs behind the line of scrimmage. [9-1; Case Book 9.1]

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18.

A scrimmage kick recovered in or behind the neutral zone may not be advanced by either team. [6-2-2, 3; Fundamental VI – 2]

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19.

Unless Team A is in a scrimmage-kick formation, the failure of Team A to have at least 5 players on the line numbered 50-79 is a foul at the snap. [7-2-5b, Exceptions]

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20.

During a kick, an offensive player may use his hands or arms to ward off an opponent who is attempting to block him. [2-3-4b]

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21.

A television time-out is an official’s time-out and is not charged to either team. [3-5-7k]

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22.

1st and goal from Team B’s 7-yard line. The pylon is properly placed at the goal line when runner A39’s fumble deflects off the pylon and bounces back to Team B’s 3-yard line where A74 recovers the ball and carries it into the end zone. RULING: [1-2-4; 4-2-2b; 4-3-2; 8-5-3c, 4]

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23.

A21 goes back to pass from his own end zone. B51 tackles him there by grabbing and twisting A21’s facemask. RULING: [8-5-2a; 9-4-3h; 10-5-2]

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24.

A football jersey must completely cover the shoulder pads and all pads worn above the waist on the player’s torso. [1-5-1b1]

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25.

During a down, a replaced player or substitute who enters the field but does not participate, constitutes unsportsmanlike conduct. [3-7-6]

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26.

In attempting to tackle A1, B2’s helmet comes completely off. A1 does not go down and runs for a touchdown. RULING: The score stands and B2 must leave the field for 1 play. [3-5-10d; 4-2-2k; Case Book 4.2.2 K]

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27.

4th down and 15 on Team K’s 30-yard line. R28 enters the game as the 12th player while K’s punt is in flight and blocks during the return. R15 catches the punt at R’s 35-yard line and returns to his 42-yard line before being tackled. RULING: Illegal participation foul on R28. The penalty is enforced from the post-scrimmage kick spot (R 35-yard line). Team R will put the ball in play 1st down 10 after enforcement. [2-30; 5-2-2a1; 9-6-4a; 10-4-3; Case Book 9.6.1 D]

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28.

If runner A21, who is beyond the neutral zone, tosses the ball forward, he has thrown an illegal forward pass. [7-5-1; 7-5-2b]

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29.

1st and 10 for Team A from Team B’s 15-yard line. Runner A34 dives for the goal line at B’s 1-yard line. The ball in his possession crosses the goal line inside the pylon. A34 then contacts the ground out of bounds 2 yards beyond the goal line. RULING: [8-2-1a; Case Book 2.26.3]

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30.

The ball becomes dead and the down ends when a prosthetic limb comes completely off the runner. [4-2-2l]

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31.

At the snap, offensive linemen A66 and A55 immediately charge out and simultaneously contact nose tackle B78 below the knees. All players were in the free-blocking zone at the snap and the block occurred in the FBZ. RULING: Legal Block. [2-3-7, 8; 9-3-2a; Case Book 9.3.2 B(d)]

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32.

Center A51 is just beginning his snapping motion when nose tackle B70 slaps the ball out of A51’s hands. RULING: Since A51 has begun the snapping motion, the official should throw the flag and allow the play to continue. A will have options after the down. [4-1-6; 4-2-1; 7-1-6b; Case Book 7.1.6 E(a)]

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33.

A punt may be used for the free kick on a kickoff. [2-24-5, 8]

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34.

Even though a non-scoring kick has been touched by R in the field of play it becomes dead immediately when it breaks the plane of R’s goal line. [2-24-2; 4-2-2d1; Case Book 6.3.1 A]

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35.

B36 intercepts a pass at his own 3-yard line. His momentum takes him into his own end zone, where he fumbles. B52 and A88 simultaneously recover the loose ball, which never leaves the end zone. RULING: [7-4-3c; 8-5-2a Except.]

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36.

Face guarding, in and of itself, which does not include contact, is not considered to be pass interference. [7-5-10, 11]

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37.

Team A runs the ball in to score a touchdown. RULING: The play clock will be set to 40 seconds and start when the covering official signals the score. [LHSAA Attachment A – 2b FAQs]

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38.

4th down and 10 on Team R’s 45-yard line. K44’s punt is in flight when R50 blocks K62 below the waist at Team R’s 35-yard line. The untouched kick hits the ground in R’s end zone. RULING: Post-scrimmage kick enforcement applies. R will play 1st and 10 from its own 10-yard line. [2-16-2h; 2-41-6; 5-2-2a1; 10-4-3, 5d; Case Book 10.4.3 C]

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39.

It is legal for A1 to immediately return to the field and make a block or touch a pass after being blocked or pushed out of bounds by B2. [9-6-1]

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40.

1st and 10 for Team A at their 20-yard line. A64 false starts and B71 reacts by entering the neutral zone and roughly knocking down A55. After both penalties are enforced, it will be . . . [7-1-6a, 7, Penalty; 9-4-3b, Penalty; 10-2-5a]

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41.

During a 2nd down play in the 3RD period, the game clock goes directly from 02:45 to 00:45 and is not detected. Following 3rd down, time for the period expires. The error is discovered after the Referee declares the period officially ended. RULING: The timing error can be corrected until the ball becomes live in the subsequent period. [3-3-5; Case Book 3.4.8(b)]

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42.

Any movement or shift by the offense that is designed to cause Team B to encroach is a false start. [7-1-7b; Case Book 7.1.7 A, B]

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43.

Chop blocks, clipping and tripping an opponent are illegal whenever and wherever they occur on the field. [2-3-8; 2-5-1; 2-45; 9-3-6; 9-4-3o]

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44.

A foul which occurs simultaneously with the snap is an act which becomes a foul only if and when the ball is snapped or free kicked. [2-16-2i]

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45.

A blindside block is a block against any opponent who does not see the blocker approaching and is legal if executed in the free-blocking zone or with open hands. [2-3-10; 9-4-3n; Case Book 9.4.3 W]

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46.

When R24 gains possession of a kick, blocking below the waist by teammates becomes legal. [2-17-2; 9-3-2]

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47.

After a safety, unless moved by a penalty, Team R’s free-kick restraining line is K’s 30-yard line. [6-1-1b]

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48.

Each team must begin the game with 11 players but may continue with fewer if no substitutes are available to replace injured or disqualified players. [1-1-3; Case Book 1.1.3]

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49.

Regardless of the outcome of any penalties incurred, no series can ever start on other than first down. [5-1-1a; Fundamental II – 6]

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50.

As the Line Judge is retrieving the ball from tackled runner A24, he notices A24 is wearing corrective eyeglasses with tinted lenses. RULING: Legal [1-5-3c-4 NOTE]

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51.

Regardless of the number of 2nd half time-outs remaining, neither team will have more than 1 time-out at its disposal in any overtime period. [3-5-1; Rules Bk. Pg. 86: 3-5-1]

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52.

A defensive pass-interference foul can occur only beyond the neutral zone and only in the direction of the pass. [7-5-10; 7-5-11c; Fundamental VII – 5]

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53.

A player who is attempting to pass is a runner until he/she gives up possession of the ball by passing. [2-32-11, 13]

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54.

A46 is beyond the neutral zone in position to catch a deep pass. B23 turns his back to the ball and directs his attention to A46 by waving his hands and arms to block the vision of the potential receiver but does not make any contact. RULING: Legal action by B23. No foul on the play. [7-5-10; Case Book 7.5.10 C]

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55.

An illegal forward pass is considered to have occurred during a loose-ball play. [2-33-1b, 2; 10-3-1, 2]

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56.

When a field-goal attempt is blocked behind the neutral zone, the ball becomes dead immediately. [6-2-2, 3]

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57.

Following any 4th down play, the clock shall be stopped. [3-5-9]

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58.

On the kickoff, the ball bounces high near the sideline. R23 leaps from inbounds and grabs the ball while he is airborne over the field of play. R23 alights so that he lands on the sideline at Team R’s 15-yard line. RULING: [2-4-1; Case Book 6.1.9 A]

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59.

3rd down and 5 at Team A’s 30-yard line. Quarterback A10’s handoff to A32 is fumbled and the ball is in flight when A22 bats it forward and out of bounds at A’s 35-yard line. RULING: [5-1-2a; 5-1-3a; 9-7-2]

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60.

Illegal forward handing, illegal forward pass and illegal touching of a forward pass by an ineligible are the only fouls which carry a “loss-of-down” penalty. [10-1-6]

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61.

25 seconds will be put on the play clock and start on the ready-for-play signal: [3-6-1a1(a, b, d)]

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62.

No foul causes a live ball to become dead. [2-16-4; Fundamental III – 2]

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63.

Possession of a live ball in the opponent’s end zone is always a touchdown. [8-2-1; FUNDAMENTAL I – 8]

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64.

Anytime the play clock is interrupted for improperly worn or missing equipment by a player, the player is to be removed from the contest for at least one play. [1-5-1b1; 1-5-5, 6; 3-5-2b; 3-5-10e; Case Book 3.5.10 I Comment]

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65.

2nd down and 10 at Team A’s 20-yard line. B55 fouls passer A11 by grasping but not pulling A11’s facemask. The pass is incomplete. RULING: Team A will play 2nd down and 5 at their 25-yard line. The play clock will be set to 25 seconds and start on the ready-for-play signal. [2-33-1b; 5-2-2b; 9-4-3h, Penalty; 10-4-2b; LHSAA Attachment A – 2b FAQs]

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66.

A pass from A10 is possessed by A25 while he is in the air above B’s end zone. A25 loses control when he is hit by B36 while in the air. The loose ball is subsequently caught by eligible A41 in B’s end zone. RULING: Touchdown. [2-4-1; 8-2-1b; Case Book 7.5.4 B(b)]

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67.

The passer continues to be a defenseless player until the legal forward pass ends or he/she moves to participate in the play. [2-32-11; 2-32-16a]

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68.

First touching of a kick by K is ignored if the penalty is accepted for any foul committed during the down. [5-1-6]

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69.

Following all dead-ball personal and unsportsmanlike fouls by Team B, Team A will be awarded an automatic 1st down. [10-1-7]

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70.

It is legal for players to use completely clear or completely white tooth and mouth protectors as long as they protect and separate both biting surfaces. [1-5-1d5(a); Case Book 1.5.1 C(a)]

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