Desmond Roland Has Impressive Opener

In what was a huge weekend for a number of Oklahoma State football recruiting commitments in Texas. Desmond Roland II of Lake Highlands High School in Dallas also contributed to the first game of the season fireworks. The 6-2, 205-pound Roland is a speedster that can get it done on the ground and through the air.

Roland rushed for 222 yards and scored three touchdowns in Lake Highlands come-from-behind 49-38 win over Mesquite.

"The offense struggled some early," said Roland. "It took us some time to get the defense figured out but once we started clicking we were able to put up a lot of points."

The 12th-ranked Wildcats from Lake Highlands fell behind Mesquite 24-16 in the third quarter but then they riddled the Skeeters defense for touchdowns on three of their next four possessions.

Roland scored on a 4-yard run to make it 28-24 and give the Wildcats the lead and then he got loose on a 72-yard run that made it 35-24 and put Lake Highlands into a commanding position in the game.

"I really played good because they were keying on me early in the game and I served as a decoy," said Roland, saying he will do whatever he needs to in order for the team to have success.

"As the game wore on we recognized more about their defense and we were able to break them down toward the end. The offensive line, they were really blocking well and getting the job done. I am so proud of what they did in the game."

Overall, Lake Highlands had 489 yards of offense in the contest. The Wildcats and Roland have their work cut out for them in week two of the Texas high school season as they will take on Mesquite Horn.


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