Top 25 Games of 2017: No. 11, Harmony At Winona
District 8-3A Division II produced four really good playoff teams a season ago, including one that advanced all the way to the state quarterfinals despite it finishing as the district's No. 4 seed.
Winona turned a 5-5 regular season into a four-round postseason journey in 2016, and with quite a few seasoned veterans returning, the Wildcats are hungry for more.
Harmony tied the league's top spot, won nine games, and reached the second round. The Eagles, too, have plenty of experience coming back.
So it stands to reason that when Harmony travels to Winona on Nov. 3, playoff implications will be at stake, and perhaps even a district championship.
It checks in at No. 11 on our list of the top 25 games in 2017.
Harmony earned a wild 82-34 shootout victory over Winona a season ago, and there could be just as many fireworks in this year's matchup.
The Eagles lost leading rusher Michael Edmonson to graduation, but will have quarterback Spencer Seahorn, two-way star Konrad Eichelman, and offensive linemen Conner Henson (Louisiana-Monroe commit) and Noah Taylor returning to an offense that has seven starters back.
Harmony's defense is even more established, as nine starting defenders return, including linebacker D.J. Click, and defensive backs Eichelman, Drew McNeel, and J.P. Powers.
Winona, too, lost its leading rusher from 2016 in Dee Wheeler. But the Wildcats have 1,000-yard back Quindarius Johnson and do-it-all athlete KJ Kincade to help soften the blow.
Linebacker Zach Francis anchors what should be a much-improved Winona defense.
ETSN.fm’s Top 25 Games of 2017
- No. 11: Harmony at Winona
- No. 12: Carthage at Henderson
- No. 13: Jasper at Tatum
- No. 14: San Augustine at Alto
- No. 15: John Tyler at Lufkin
- No. 16: Tyler Lee at Marshall
- No. 17: West Rusk at Arp
- No. 18: Hallsville at Pine Tree
- No. 19: Silsbee at Newton
- No. 20: Gladewater at Pleasant Grove
- No. 21: Henderson at Kilgore
- No. 22: Marshall at Longview
- No. 23: Tatum at Arp
- No. 24: Bullard Brook Hill at Tyler Grace
- No. 25: Gilmer at Liberty-Eylau