First Look Frenzy: Rockford Christian Royal Lions

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) Survival was the name of the game for Rockford Christian in a stacked Big Northern, however, the Royal Lions no longer have to worry about the likes of Byron and Bago because now the scrappy underdogs look out a much more level playing field.

Rockford Christian is on the way back up.

Since the program suffered through three straight losing seasons, it has increased its win total two years in a row.

Not only that, but the Royal Lions are coming off of their first playoff appearance in seven years.

With momentum on their side, head coach Brett Frederick sees the move to the Northeastern Athletic Conference very advantageous for his players.

"The true reason behind us making a transition like this is to play schools that are our size that have the same depth issues that we have," said Frederick. "Where we maybe don't have the pool that some of the larger schools would have to pull from so you're dealing with 30 to 40 players a year versus 50 or 60 and that has an impact. In terms of the quality on the field, I think we'll see great quality and I'd be the first one to tell you that I think our first seven or eight players playing against another small school probably match up pretty well."