The Gators made their debut in Class AAA last year, and coach Tom Nola made his debut with the Gators after a very successful run at Clairton. The Gators tied for fourth place in the Greater Allegheny Conference with a 4-4 record and finished the season with a 4-6 overall mark after a 24-14 loss to Ringgold in the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs.
"It's more comfortable for both the coaches and the players this year," Nola said. "The kids were learning new terminology and new offensive and defensive schemes last year. We struggled some at the start of the season but caught on good in the second half. We learned a lot last year, and experience is the best teacher."
Nola has six starters returning on offense and "six-plus" on defense. He would have had another starter back on offense if it wasn't for Robert Hainsey (6-3, 270, Jr., LT) transferring to a Florida prep school.
The six returnees on offense are Jason Clark (6-1, 290, Sr., C-DT), Anthony Hampton (6-2, 270, Jr., LT), Malik Burks (5-11, 170, Sr., WR-CB), Aidan Howard (6-5, 185, Sr., WR), Adam White (5-10, 190, Sr., RB) and Jaquan Brisker (6-1, 175, Jr., FB).