In the non-district schedule, Cayuga has Joaquin, Buffalo, Hubbard, Rice and Frankston.
Holden said that the most exciting match out of the non-district games will be the Anderson County game against Frankston.
“We’re expecting a big crowd for the game against Frankston,” Holden said. “It’ll be a tough game against them because they’re getting better and better.
“In district play, though, I think we have a chance at the district championship,” he added. “We haven’t seen Alto in a few years, but I think we stand a chance in our district. It would definitely be the icing on the cake.”
With Grapeland and Cayuga in the same district, Grapeland coach Sean Brown said he expects a tough road ahead for the Sandies, but said he is confident in their chances of winning this season.
“Our district this coming season is one that we didn’t expect coming into today,” Brown said. “There’s definitely a question of geography for us, but you look up and there’s still some great ball clubs in with us. We got Alto, Cayuga and Kerens in there who will be challenges for us. From top to bottom, this will be a tough district, especially with Carlisle in there. It will be challenging just like it was before, it will just have different bodies in it.”
Grapeland’s non-district schedule will be against West Hardin, Beckville, Lovelady, Mount Enterprise and Normandy.
Brown said he expects an even battle from the non-district teams and is looking forward to the early challenges that await the team.
“Our biggest hurdle was trying to get teams for non-district that were in our division,” Brown said. “We played some teams last year that had twice the enrollment we did, so for non-district this year, we just wanted to make sure we got to play against some quality teams at our same level of play.