Victory has likely never tasted so sweet for the Lake Highlands High School football squad. Last year, Rowlett knocked the Wildcats out of the playoffs in the first round. This season, Lake Highlands avenged that loss by winning the rematch game, 30-28, on a last second field goal.
Lake Highlands and Rowlett exchanged scores throughout the entire game: both teams scored one touchdown apiece in each of the four quarters, with neither team really seizing momentum of the game.
However, the tide seemingly turned when Lake Highlands took the lead in the fourth quarter on a touchdown by failed to convert a two-point conversion. As they did all night, Rowlett marched down the field and scored their own touchdown and made the extra point to give themselves a one-point lead with less than two minutes remaining.
The Wildcats refused to fold and methodically matched down the field to get into field goal range. Kicker Mitchell Henton, facing one of the biggest kicks of his career, nailed a 44-yard kick through the uprights to give his team the win.
Rowlett out-gained Lake Highlands by 100 yards for the entire game, but the Lake Highlands running attack chewed up the clock and didn't allow the Rowlett offense many opportunities. Running back Elbert Landry carried the ball 14 times for 67 yards and two scores. Darian Morris scored the other two touchdowns for the Wildcats with three rushes for 19 yards.
Rowlett quarterback Carson Hyles and running back Jalen Rhodes nearly carried the entire Rowlett team to victory. Hyles had a near flawless performance, completing 21 out of 24 passing attempts for 288 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Rhodes rushed 27 times for 109 yards and score of his own.
Lake Highlands has a bye week to recover before starting district play against rival Richardson Berkner on Friday, September 28.