Abilene rushes past Arlington Bowie

ARLINGTON -- Arlington Bowie's playoff express ran headlong into a 5-9, 190-pound stop sign by the name of Herschel Sims.


The junior running back creased the Bowie defense for 208 yards and four touchdowns in Abilene's convincing 35-7 victory in a Class 5A Division II Region I semifinal Friday night at Maverick Stadium.

"I like the work load,'' Sims said of his 33-carry evening. "The thing you have to do is take care of yourself and know when to go for extra yards.''

Bowie tacklers had touble finding Sims behind a wall of Abilene blockers. When they did, they had a hard time bringing him down.

Sims increased his season rushing total to 2,231 yards and 30 touchdowns.

The outcome was pretty much decided when Abilene (13-0) opened a 28-0 lead in the game's first 19 minutes. Sims provided the touchdowns on runs of 1, 3, 4 and 36 yards.

"Abilene does a great job of getting him open,'' Bowie coach Kenny Perry said. "Their schemes are unbelievable.''

Sims has not committed to a school, but his short list includes Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma State.

Bowie (11-3) made a critical mistake midway in the first quarter when the game was scoreless, jumping offside when Abilene was about to punt for the second time. The penalty gave Abilene a first down and it went on to complete a 98-yard, 17-play drive for a 7-0 lead.

The touchdowns came quicker for Abilene after that. A 52-yard screen pass set up the second score. After Bowie was stopped on fourth-and-2 at midfield, Abilene went 47 yards for a 21-0 lead.

Bowie fumbled on its next drive, leading to Sims' 36-yard scoring run, his longest of the night. The lead was 28-0 and Bowie still didn't have a first down.

"That might be the state champion,'' said Perry, pointing to Abilene's sideline. "They had us on our heels all night. They are one of the best teams we've played in a long time.''