HOWARD LIONS

2A South Region

Coach: Dave Glenn (second season, 4-6).

Last year: 4-6 overall, 4-6 league.

Last postseason appearance/state title: 1999/1974.

Returning starters on offense/defense: 4/6.

Players to watch: RB/DB Tyler Curley, Jr.; TE Jeff Javier, Soph.; QB Will O'Donnell, Sr.; WR/S Dewayne Owens, Sr.; RB/LB Marcus Randolph, Jr.; RB/S Jude Yearwood, Sr.

Run with it: The wing-T offense is geared to get the ball to Yearwood (913 yards, county-high 14 touchdowns). He should prosper with the return of junior offensive linemen Mike Greengold and Kevin Elza, and O'Donnell is a physical player who should be tough to stop in short-yardage situations.

Ballcarriers beware: The 5-2 defense was inconsistent at stopping the running game last fall. But Glenn is confident that the return of linebackers Eugene Beckley and Randolph will bolster a team that lost three games by a combined 18 points, costing it a spot in the playoffs.

What Glenn first looks for in a player: "Work ethic. I used to look at size and try to get the big kids. But it got to the point that I had so many kids that just didn't push themselves and didn't have what it takes to play this game. So now I just want kids that will work hard."