Royals, Bluejackets return key pieces to puzzle
A year removed from the additions of Duluth East and Duluth Denfeld to the Mississippi 8 football conference, this year sees the conference grow from eight to 12 teams with the additions of Princeton, North Branch, St. Francis and Chisago Lakes.
The Rogers Royals are in defense of a fifth consecutive M8 title. The Royals return 17 starters from last year’s squad that went 6-1 in the conference and 7-2 overall. The following list is last year’s order of finish with key losses and key returners and this year’s predicted order of finish.