Polk County Youth Football teams will have new opponents – and a new home – this fall.

PCYF has joined Western North Carolina Youth Football and Cheer, an organization that includes teams from Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania, Haywood and Rutherford counties.

The league is expected to grow to 19 organizations for the 2018 campaign, many of those containing players that will one day line up against Polk County High School.

“This is a move we have been trying to make for a few years now, but they played different rules than us with their weight limits,” said PCYF’s Shane Blackwell.

“This year their board voted to go to our weights, so we made the move after meeting with our board and Coach (Bruce) Ollis.”

Blackwell said the league is expected to set up in four divisions this season, given its expansion. PCYF and Rutherfordton previously played in the Mid-Atlantic Carolinas American Youth Football & Cheer Conference.

“This is the best move PCYF has ever made,” Blackwell said.

PCYF plans to begin practice for the upcoming season on July 20. The organization will hold early signups on June 1 at Polk County’s Moolah Madness event. Registration fee for football is $70 and cheerleading is $150.