RESERVOIR GATORS

2A South Region

Coach: Joe Lewis (second season, 3-7).

Last year: 3-7 overall, 2-7 league.

Last postseason appearance/state title: none/none.

Returning starters on offense/defense: 7/5.

Players to watch: QB Matt Barbusca, Jr.; RB/DB Travis Davis, Sr.; WR Michael Erhart, Jr.; OG/LB Kevin Johnson, Sr.; OL/DE William Miller, Sr.; OT/LB James Pelzer, Sr.

Run with it: The wing-T offense should feature an array of ballcarriers, including junior Donte Grier and Davis. An improved offensive line -- led by junior center Josh Evans, Miller and Pelzer -- should bolster a running game that struggled in the team's second varsity season last fall.

Ballcarriers beware: Lewis expects his defense to make major strides in its 4-0 scheme with the return of several top players, most notably Miller and Pelzer. Reservoir lacked experience and took time to adjust to Lewis's system in his first year last fall, but it is primed to pursue a winning record.

What Lewis first looks for in a player: "Mental toughness -- it's the foundation of the game. This game more than anything is a battle of wills. You have two teams, and it's a battle to see which teams folds first. It's 90 percent mental out there, so I look for a player who has that toughness and determination."