ALL IN: Harmony ready to add to 1st ever undefeated regular season

GILMER, Texas (KETK) - East Texas high school football is about building a legacy and living up to the standards of past teams.

But when you're the first to accomplish something, you become the standard, just like the 2017 Harmony Eagles, who just finished off their first ever 10-0 regular season.

"It's a huge accomplishment," says quarterback Spencer Seahorn. "We've dreamt about this ever since we were in kindergarten, playing together, and this year, it just all came together."

"We've just been putting in all that work, that we've been putting in for each other," says middle linebacker Easton Blackstone. "We're just really like a band of brothers. Just really, really just trying to come together and support each other just to get every win we can."

Football coaches preach, "take each week one game at a time," and it becomes cliche. 

But when your team buys in like the Eagles have in Harmony, you've got a chance to do something historic.

"We never set a goal to be 10-0 or anything like that," says head coach Tim Russell. "Our motto is 'Win the Day,' so each practice we try to have the best practice we can have, and build on it and build on it."

But part of setting the standard, is not being satisfied until the job is complete.

"We're all a real close knit group, and we're so competitive, and all we want to do is win, we don't want to lose," said Seahorn.

"We know we have a lot riding on this season, cause we're not gonna have these guys, these seniors, back," says Blackstone. "So, we just try to give everything we got for them, for the team and just give glory to God along the way."

Harmony will start their playoff journey at Pine Tree Pirate Stadium in Longview, Friday night, against the Paul Pewitt Brahmas.

Russell has been an inspiration to many, successfully continuing to coach the Eagles after losing his daughter, Bailee, in June 2016.  She died in a car accident following her high school graduation.

Earlier this year, Russell was also nominated for the National Life Group's "LifeChanger of the Year" award.

"LifeChanger of the Year" is an annual program recognizing K-12th educators and school employees across the country. The program celebrates those who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

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