WEST FARGO — A first-ever Eastern Dakota Conference title win has the West Fargo Sheyenne Mustangs football team hoping it's a solid layer of foundation for things to come.

"For a new school, getting success early is pretty awesome," said wide receiver Tyler Terhark.

After an historic 2018 football season, the West Fargo Sheyenne is looking to eclipse their own success, by getting in one more game than last time — the Class AAA state championship.

The team was just shy off the final, but fell to eventual runners-up Bismarck Century in the semi-finals.

"We just want that state title, that's our goal," said Terhark, who will play for North Dakota State University in the fall.

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Terhark had impressive numbers in the EDC; 459 receiving yards on 21 receptions, and scoring six touchdowns.

The Mustangs are keeping level-headed though, and know they can't stand on ceremony when it comes to the here and now.

"It was great for last year's bunch to win that," said head coach Jeremy Newton, who is in his sixth season at the helm. "We haven't done anything this year, and every season is new, so we're focused on this one."

West Fargo Sheyenne returns 12 starters, and a large senior class.

"We definitely have the weapons," said linebacker Zach Rodgers. "We have really good lineman and we have the skill players to get it done, it's all about our effort now."

The Mustangs were thought to be without their star player Nate Goldade, who suffered a torn ACL in the off-season.

Reports indicate that he will hold off on surgery, and try to get on the field in time to play.

West Fargo Sheyenne opens up the season away against defending Class AAA state champions the Bismarck Demons.