Lake Highlands High had an interesting football season. It came in with two sophomore quarterbacks, a senior running back and a bunch of unknowns at wide receiver. The offensive line had some seasoned faces along with some new faces. The defense had strengths on the line, at linebacker and in the secondary, and when they all played within themselves they were fun to watch. On special teams, a couple of big-time kickers and guys who didn’t allow a special teams touchdown, which is impressive.
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I was most impressed with the way this team continued to play with tremendous character despite injury and some disappointing situations.
Here is a look at the final schedule with a little note on each game:
Lake Highlands 49, Mesquite 38
Both teams come out explosive on offense to open the season, and light up the scoreboard.
Lake Highlands 21, Mesquite Horn 48
Wildcats second week at Hanby Stadium doesn’t churn out the same result.
Lake Highlands 28, Garland 38
Wildcats first home game. Garland makes a huge play out of a timeout in the fourth quarter to alter the game.
Lake Highlands 56, Samuell 7
Huge win for the offense and defense. Wildcats polish some of their scuff marks and start district schedule off with a win.
Lake Highlands 45, W.T. White 14
Longhorns were averaging 24 points per game coming in to the Boneyard. Wildcats clamp down near the end zone.
Lake Highlands 62, Sunset 0
Sunset never got past the 50-yard line. Got to the 40-yard line once.
Lake Highlands 27, Berkner 21
Probably the most exciting game of the season. Wildcats lose Desmond Roland to injury late.
Lake Highlands 29, Jesuit 20
Wildcats close overcome cold, rain and kickoff fireworks to knock off a high-powered Jesuit offense. DeVonte Sunwenghan has breakout game as a running back/wide receiver.
Skyline 39, Lake Highlands 14
Could it have been different if Roland had been at peak form? Probably, but Skyline is a good team.
Lake Highlands 17, Richardson 14
Sophomore Mitchel Henton makes the biggest kick of the year for the Wildcats.
Lake Highlands 10, South Garland 42
Wildcats could not stop the run and had some miscues offensively that really hurt their chances.