Panthers have high expectations in 2014

By Michael Sudhalter

082714_PanthersAt some point in the not-so-distant future, the Ridge Point High football team will probably be a UIL Class 6A program.

“They’re still building houses like crazy in our area,” Panthers head coach Brett Sniffin said.

But Ridge Point the newest high school in Fort Bend ISD will enjoy its position as one of the top teams in 5A in just its third season of varsity football.

RidgePointSchedThe Panthers return 15 starters eight on offense and seven on defense from a team that finished 9-3 and lost to Texas City in the second round of the playoffs.

Now, Texas City is a 5A-23 opponent, and Ridge Point will host them on Nov. 6 at Hall Stadium.

Ridge Point has a long way to go until the Texas City rematch. They’ll open at 7 p.m. Friday at Clear Creek in League City and then return to Hall to face Hightower on Sept. 5 in the Battle of the Fort Bend Tollway.

“I know Clear Creek is picked to win their district in 6A  they’re well-coached, they play tremendous defense and they have a good quarterback,” Sniffin said. “I think (the Hightower game) will be fun. They’re right across Highway 6 to us. The rivalry will add more to the game. People will fill the stadium, and it’ll be a good atmosphere for both teams.”

After visiting Stratford a district rival the past two seasons on Sept. 13, the Panthers will meet Marshall in a game that will double as the 5A-23 opener and RP’s Homecoming.

It will also match two of the top defensive backs in the area RP’s Jordan Tolbert (a Baylor commit) and Marshall’s Kendall Sheffield, who ESPN has rated among the top 10 prep players in the country.

experience and size.

“Tolbert runs a 4.3, and is an outstanding cover guy,” Sniffin said. “He’s best cover guy in Fort Bend County for sure.”

With Tolbert and senior linebacker Cameron Townsend (being recruited by Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas), the Panthers’ defense is ahead of its offense at this point. Joining them among the elite ranks are safety Jameel Cook (a Maryland commit) and defensive end Torian Williams, a Sam Houston State commit.

“By the time the season’s up, Williams will have some Division I offers on the table,” Sniffin said.

Sniffin, a former offensive coordinator at Clements before he started the RP program, is confident the offense will perform well, too.

The Panthers have a two quarterback system that worked wonders last season, and both

signal callers, TJ Alexander and Jesse Crebb, will return to take snaps in the Pistol offense.

Alexander and Crebb will have some reliable targets in BJ Langford and Cedric Horton.

Running back Remus Bulmer rushed for nearly 2,000 yards, along with 20 touchdowns last season, and fellow running back KeShawn Ledet rushed for another 700.

They’ll have a chance to return behind a young offense line that has two experienced returners in Jack Green and Marcus Montemayor.

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