“Kemp is probably the furthest away from us, but honestly it’s not too bad of a schedule for us,” he added. “I think Franklin was our furthest last year, so this year may be overall a bit closer, which is nicer for us.”
In non-district play, the Elks will take on Buffalo, Leon, Mildred, Trinity and Huntington. Wells said he expects to prepare during the non-district games for what’s to come during district play.
“Well, every year during non-district play, we are getting ready for the district schedule,” Wells said. “We expect to see improvement during that time. Buffalo has been a great team the past few years, and it’ll be a great test for us in the first ball game.”
Cayuga is in a district this coming season that might be the most interesting one of the new scheduling.
The Wildcats are faced with Alto, Grapeland, Kerens, Cross Roads and Carlisle. Cauga coach Russell Holden said the team is looking forward to having some challenging teams in the new district.
“The district is kind of what we thought was going to happen,” Holden said. “We’ve been in that district before with Alto, Grapeland and Carlisle. It’s great for our kids because we have some competitive rivalries with some of those teams.”
With Grapeland back in the district, Holden said he expects the game against the Sandies to be a good measure of where both Dogwood Circle teams are at.
“It’s good with having them back in our district,” Holden said. “With them being that close to us, we’ve had some battles against them. Back when we had our little run with the state championship, Grapeland beat us the year we went to the championship and lost, but then the next year we beat them when we won the championship. So, they’ll always be real competitive with us.”