Polk County Youth Football ready to kick off season

High school football season arrives Friday night in Polk County, but its future will be on display beginning late Saturday morning.

Polk County Youth Football opens its 2015 season on Saturday, hosting Chapel Grove for four games beginning at 11 a.m. in Wolverine Stadium. The games mark the opening of the nine-game regular season for the youth program.

PCYF will begin its season with some 85 to 90 players spread across teams in four age groups, according to organization president Shane Blackwell.

“We’ve got a good many in each age group, except the 11-12 and 5-6 teams, which have about 18 players on each of them,” Blackwell said. “We do have a record number of cheerleaders, so that’s good to see.”

The young Wolverines have been practicing since late July, holding workouts three nights a week at Gibson Park. Head coaches this year are Russell Wilson and Andre Overholt for the 5-6 group, Danny Williams for the 7-8 team, Clint Cantwell for the 9-10 team and Ronnie Simpson for the 11-12 squad.

Saturday’s action begins at 11 a.m. with the 5-6-year olds, with each game to follow at roughly 90-minute intervals.

“Now we get to find out if everything we’ve coached the kids up to do, whether they’ve learned it or not,” Blackwell said. “The kids are excited. They finally all get to play in a real game and hit somebody else.”