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The Watertown High School football program is heading north to Section 10 for the upcoming season.
The Cyclones varsity and junior varsity programs have been there before.
Watertown played in the Northern Athletic Conference from the late 1980s through 2000.
After 18 years in Section 3, it's back to the NAC.
"The major reason we did it was to have more equitable competition," athletic director George Emrich said. "We think Section 10 is a better fit for us competition-wise, and we're hoping by doing so, more students will come out for football and be interested in football."
Watertown is penciled in for the next two seasons in Section 10, although teams up north hope for a longer commitment.
"There was a little bit of blow-back as far as they didn't want us to use Section 10 as a place to just improve our program and leave," Emrich said. "So after a couple years we'll re-evaluate and after a couple years we might decide we want to stay there longer."
Watertown leaves behind rivalries with Carthage and Indian River, but hopes to renew past ones with teams in the NAC.
"It's great to play against local teams and we'll miss those rivalries," head coach Kyle LaLonde said, "but at the same time we're looking forward to building new rivalries with schools that we had rivalries with in the past."
With Watertown back in Section 10, it brings the number of football teams in the league to eight.
Watch the video to hear more from Emrich and LaLonde.
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