Harmony Looks to Build on Momentum After Ending Waskom’s 32-Game Winning Streak
Harmony coach Tim Russell knows his team beat a different Waskom team that won two consecutive state championships, but any time you end a 32-game winning streak, that's big.
"We knew that they were young and not as experienced as before, but it was a great win for us," Russell said. "Waskom has a lot of tradition and they know how to win games, so we came out of that win with a lot of confidence."
And it wasn't so much that Harmony won last Saturday, but moreso that the Eagles put up 62 points -- 27 in the fourth quarter -- and won by 36 in the end. Harmony finished with 553 yards of offense while quarterback Spencer Seahorn accounted for five touchdowns in the win.
"I'll admit, I was surprised that we scored that many points. But sometimes those things work out that way with momentum being such a big thing in a football game," Russell said. "I'm not sure we could do it again, but I was glad to do it on Saturday. We played about as good as we could play."
It's this kind of win that can springboard a team into a big season. The Eagles are 2-0, have scored 99 points in two games and have shown more balance in their offense rather than being a team that relies heavily on one aspect of the offense. Harmony entered the season with 16 starters returning -- 10 on offense.
The Eagles put up 322 yards on the ground and 231 through the air against Waskom, with Seahorn carrying the load through the passing game and Mike Edmonson on the ground. Seahorn completed 9 of 13 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns, and Edmonson rushed for 182 yards and a score on 31 carries. Seahorn also scored twice on the ground.
"You can't really put an emphasis on how important it is to have experience, especially this early in the season," Russell said. "A lot of our guys have been in the fire already. It allows you to make adjustments in the game, because they have experience doing it."
That experience will only help as the season progresses. Harmony reached the second round of the playoffs last season and should return this year. The Eagles and Winona are the favorites in the new District 8-3A Division II.
"We feel like inside our field house and on the field that we have a good football team, and we played like it Saturday. We've got a lot of confidence and our guys are really a family," Russell said. "We've worked really hard together for a long time. But now our big challenge is to not have a letdown after a win like that."
Russell said his team's focus now is on its defense being able to face teams that are similar to, well, his team. Waskom is a run-first, hardly-ever-pass team, and that won't be the case for much of the rest of Harmony's schedule.
"We haven't had a chance to play a true spread team yet, and that's what we've got a lot of on our schedule," Russell said. "We've got to get our secondary ready for teams that throw the ball a lot. We're not looking so much at the big picture, but the little picture. We've got to take care of today, and we're excited about where we're headed."