The secret to Abilene High's success
With the number of offensive records the Abilene High Eagles are setting this season, it's pretty obvious the team has something special going on.
Running back Herschel Sims is already rewriting the school rushing and scoring records, but it's way more than a one-man show. And Sims will be the first to say as much.
As good as Sims is in his own right, he's had the benefit of running behind and offensive line that would make a lot of backs productive.
"They're just a bunch of overachievers up front," AHS coach Steve Warren said. "They get after you and play hard every play. You go back and watch the tape, and they're just staying with it every single play.
"Most games we're outmatched as far as physical traits go, but our guys up front have a lot of heart. We've stayed healthy, knock on wood, and played together. That makes a difference.
"It's kind of a family within a family. Those guys are a different animal. They're great kids and they just play hard. That, to me, is the secret to our success all season long."
About the only thing missing for th OL this season is that signature moment -- a long, time-consuming drive to take control of a game with the season on the line. The Eagles were in position for just that in last week's win over Cedar Hill, taking over at their own 5-yard line with about five minutes to go.
But rather than a 95-yard drive, Sims covered the distance in one shot. Call it the perfect storm of blockers and rusher.
"We haven't had a lot of long drives because we haven't had to," Warren said. "When you have skill guys like we do, if the offensive linemen give those guys a crease and they get in the secondary, they're dangerous.
"The key is giving them that initial place to run. Not many times this year have our running backs been bouncing around looking for a place to go. They see a hole because it's there."