The Cape-Atlantic League has spent decades tinkering with its football alignment. From full-scale conference shifts to minor scheduling tweaks, it’s been a winding road for the CAL and its football constituents, a group that currently consists of 18 high school programs.

After years of exhaustive alterations, it appears the league may have finally reached a crossroads. Faced with decisions that will undoubtedly impact the future of a region’s youth football players, the CAL voted Wednesday, Sept. 19 to apply for inclusion in the West Jersey Football League.

The final vote tally was 13-5 in favor of applying, with four abstentions.

The WJFL is a massive governing body that consists of 65 high school programs from various portions of the state, including Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer and Salem counties. The league is categorized into three conferences – Olympic, Burlington County and Tri-County – and 11 divisions.

So what exactly led the 63-year-old CAL to make a substantial lunge toward joining this gigantic football frenzy?