The Grapeland Sandies start their second season under head coach Jordan Wood in a rebuilding phase with only two returning starters on offense and five on defense.
Grapeland started off 2021 by posting a 3-2 non-district record but only managed to win one of its five district games.
The Sandies find themselves in an equally tough district this year after the UIL's realignments. Grapeland is picked to finish last in District 11-2A DI that includes No. 2 Timpson, Joaquin, Garrison, Shelbyville, San Augustine and West Sabine.
Grapeland's 2022 roster includes: Bryson Johnson (0), sophomore; Nick Allen (1), sophomore; Will Smith (2), Traye Babb (3), sophomore; Maleek Johnson (4), freshman; Johnny Lamb (5), senior; Isaac Edwards (7), junior; Jax Vickers (8), junior; Rickey Gilmore (9), sophomore; Omarian Wiley (11), senior; Tae'seann Reece (13), sophomore; Trey Gilmore (14), sophomore; Isaiah Chimal (18), sophomore; Eron Peterson (44), senior; Nick Rea (50), senior; Colton Boehm (51), junior; Orion Green (54), junior; Wyatt Lewis (55), senior; Trinity Miller (58), senior; Jeremy Pierce (62), senior; Casey Morris (72), junior; Jesse Ellington (74), freshman; Justin Ellington (77), junior, and Dusty Lowery (78), junior.
After this week's opener at Frankston, the Sandies will enjoy three straight home games against Lovelady on Sept. 2, Bremond on Sept. 9 and Groveton on Sept. 16. They start district Sept. 23 at Timpson.