Polk County offensive coordinator Zach Searcy, left, and head coach Bruce Ollis

A slight change to Polk County’s 2021 schedule means one of the top 2A programs in the state will visit G.M. Tennant Stadium this fall.

An unexpected conflict in dates with Asheville left Polk County unable to play the home-and-home series with the Cougars. That sent Wolverine head coach Bruce Ollis looking for a Week 2 opponent, and he found one in defending state 2AA champion Salisbury.

The Hornets will visit Polk County on August 27, meaning the Wolverines will have six home games this season and will open the 2021 schedule with back-to-back home games.

Salisbury won the 2AA title earlier this month with a 42-14 victory over St. Paul’s. Running back JyMikaah Wells, a rising junior, ran for 144 yards and a touchdown in earning offensive MVP honors in that game.

Leading tacklers Jaden Gaither and Amare Johnson are also scheduled to return for the Hornets, who finished 9-2 in the spring season.