Desmond Roland at McKinley Elementary

It’s been a while since Desmond Roland, 2011 Lake Highlands High graduate and star of the football teams at LHHS and Oklahoma State, made headlines for his amazing catches and graceful runs. D-Ro, as his fellow Wildcats called him, had a stint with the Dallas Marshals in the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) league, but the team ceased operations in 2018, and Roland has been team-less for a while.

Bring on the Oklahoma Flying Aces.

Roland signed with the Aces, also a CIF team, in March, and the Enid-based club plays the Texas Revolution May 17th at Frisco’s Ford Center at The Star.

“I am officially playing the sport I love again. I am so happy I cannot explain,” Roland posted on Facebook March 24th. “We will put the world on notice, our team is young and so skilled, it will be a show.”

The Aces have two other former Oklahoma State players and a surprise for longtime D-Ro fans.

“Guess what, I will not be at running back. I will be taking it way back to my defensive days,” wrote Roland. “Get your popcorn ready.”

Roland has already made himself a part of the Enid community by visiting with schoolchildren at McKinley Elementary.

“It was as fun as I remembered,” wrote Roland. “I just want to inspire and change the world for the better.”

You can view the full Oklahoma Flying Aces schedule here and buy tickets here.

Desmond Roland as a Flying Ace