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With Navy players not expect to ship out any time soon, the Blues know they will have depth for what is a very grueling Mid-Atlantic RFU fall season.

The Blues, 7-2 and in 2nd place last year in the Mid-Atlantic, are hoping to overhaul favorites PAC and be the top dog. They will have to contend with improved teams from NOVA and Schuylkill River, but still can do it.

They will have to do it without two longtime players. Drew Rogers and Ed Stockunas have retired, leaving massive gaps in ability and experience. Head Coach Chris Porter said the need is for younger players to step up, and they have.

“We have a bunch of guys who have been champing at the bit to get a regular starting spot, and that’s been great, because we have really good competition at some spots,” he said.

Nick Flynn had an excellent season in 7s, and Porter is curious as to how he will transition to 15s. James Simpson has moved to center and he and Anthony Kowalski will both have the opportunity to control the backline attack.

Bryce Baxter joins the team from Old Dominion. He’s been watched by the Blues staff for some time, and he will slot in at scrumhalf. Porter is high on him.

The depth is there, too, and will be even better when Navy man and flanker Kevin Mott comes off injury later this fall.

“It’s a young team,” said Porter. “But the guys have seen there are jobs to take, and they’ve taken them. I am pleased with what I see.”

Norfolk Blues
Head Coach: Chris Porter
Home Field: Lafayette Park, Norfolk, Va.
Last season: 7-2 in league play, lost to Palmer in Round of 16