Reservoir Gators

Last year: 1-9 overall, 1-8 league.

Coach: Joe Lewis, first season (18-31 in five seasons at DuVal).

Last playoff appearance: None.

Keep an eye on: LB/OT William Callaway, a senior who approaches football with the same intensity he devotes to his other passion -- playing the drums.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker and offensive tackle is a percussionist for the Hopkins United Methodist Church choir. He first picked up a set of sticks eight years ago to bang on water coolers and laundry baskets in the back yard of his Laurel home.

"Whether it's playing the drums or playing football, it's all about finding the rhythm and letting it take over," he said. "If you make a mistake, everyone notices because one mistake messes everything up."

On the football field, Callaway's goal is to earn a college scholarship and become the first member of his family to attend college.

"I want to prove to my family, and my two young sisters, that going to college can be done," he said. "My mom has sacrificed a lot for me, and I want to show her it was worth it."

Callaway's job on defense is to stop opponents' running games and pressure quarterbacks.

"Will is what you look for in a linebacker: He's big, strong, intense and is a good learner," Coach Joe Lewis said. "He's got the best work ethic on our team."

That's good, Lewis said, because there is plenty of work that needs to be done in the Gators' second year on the varsity level.

Lewis has made some changes since being hired last spring. Sophomore quarterback Matt Barbusca will replace senior Matt Costa, who was moved to wide receiver. Running backs Justin Carey and Travis Davis should provide a balanced rushing attack alongside Peter Smith, the primary ball carrier last year.

Juniors William Miller and Colin Rau will anchor the defensive line, and seniors DeAngelo Pierre, Andrew Fintress, Lonine Phillips and Costa return to the secondary.

"We have a lot to prove this year because we've heard a lot of jokes about us after the bad season we had last year," Callaway said. "Everything is different about this team, and that's just what we needed.

"We needed change."

Senior William Callaway, above, lets himself be heard during a recent scrimmage. Sophomore Matt Barbusca, below, is the new starting quarterback, replacing senior Matt Costa, who moved to wide receiver.