The St. Ambrose football team has been named as the pre-season favorite in the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League. The Fighting Bees have eight starters back from last year’s team that won a second straight league title and advanced to the NAIA national playoffs.

Second-year coach Mike Magistrelli says they have high expectations every year and the preseason ranking is based on last year’s season, but does provide momentum. Magistrelli says the conference race will provide a number of difficult tests. He says if you take someone lightly you will find yourself losing the game, and says his team has done a good job of keeping its focus.

The Fighting Bees will be tested right out of the gate. They open August 30th with a visit to the University of South Dakota.