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Mercer County head football coach Nat Zunkel says he will be offering an IHSA by-law amendment proposal calling for separate public and private school championships for football.

He says he’s in the preliminary stages of drafting the proposal, which would be submitted to the IHSA Legislative Commission by next school year.

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Mercer County’s lone state title in football came in 2012 with a win over Belleville Althoff, but the Golden Eagles lost in the playoffs this year to Bishop McNamara and Sterling Newman Central Catholic in 2013.

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