CADDO, OK --It's only been 20 months since the Caddo Bruins marched up to northern Oklahoma and snatched the school's first gold ball.
"It really brought the community together and you just saw what a whole bunch, a group of young boys can do when they come together, do hard work and make everything happen," senior Zach McKimmy said.
Several of this year's Bruins were a long for the ride two seasons ago and learned a lot from the experience, most importantly how to win.
"That leadership from that senior group is still here and they learned a lot from the seniors that were there when they won the state championship game and they're just trying to carry on the traditions," head coach Jeremy Proctor said.
Unfortunately the move to Class A wasn't easy on the defending champs. Instead of playing with eight men on each side of the ball they had to get used to 11.
With a year under their belts they hope they can be better suited to compete.
"We're more prepared, put it that way and it really helped us out. So the guys are really looking forward to this year of Class A football," Proctor added.
He knows a lot about Caddo football. He played for the team, his son was the quarterback on the state championship squad and now he's a second year head coach.
While they chase their goal of making the playoffs in what is likely their last season in 11-man before dropping back to Class B he wants to make sure they understand what it means to wear the Vegas gold and black.
"Bruin pride is forever. I'm trying to instill that in my players now and we used to have it posted and it is all over our locker room, weight rooms and on our helmets, and we're just trying to get that back here and there's a lot of pride here in the town, and they're right here behind us," he concluded.