MURTAUGH, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Murtaugh is coming off its first state playoff appearance since 2013.
"The adrenaline was definitely pumping," exclaimed senior quarterback Grayden Dimond.
Senior wide receiver Gio Zavala added, "I feel like gaining that extra boost last year from not winning for three years."
The team won an Oklahoma Playoff against Camas and Castleford.
For Todd Jensen, the head coach, he says "that was exciting, we don't want to do that again, we want to try and get into the playoffs ourselves, not doing that type of stuff."
To a book a trip to state, with a match-up against powerhouse Butte County.
Despite the fact it was a blowout loss, the experience taught the Red Devils an important lesson.
Jensen explained, "Butte was a great opponent, physical up the front, it took my kids we have to get into the weight room this year. We got to get stronger, more physical."
The pirates ended up moving up a class level this fall and will play in the Snake River Conference.
As for the Red Devils, they only lost one senior.
Junior running back Kade Setoki said, "I think we are headed in a really good direction actually, hopefully we can make to back to state."
And they're bringing back some key talent.
Dimond explained, "Kade Setoki is a good running back coming back, Gio Zavala coming of that concussion mid-season, Kolby McClure our other running back is looking promising."
Zavala added, "just come out and support your Murtaugh Red Devils this upcoming season.
Murtaugh hosts Horseshoe Bend on August 24, the first time since 2015 the Red Devils open the season at home.