By Bill McCaughey
For The Fort Bend Star
For most teams, improving on last year’s 5A Division 2 state semi-finalist finish would be difficult. Add in a realignment to 6A, and improvement becomes almost impossible.
The Ridge Point Panthers aren’t like most teams. They have tight end Mustapha Muhammad, the 40th ranked player in the ESPN Top 300 for 2018, and running back B.J. Rainford, a Dan Campbell Pre-season 6A All-State Team member and returning All-District Team member. Add in five more returning All-District Team members and the District Coach of the Year and you can understand why the Panthers are ranked number 10 in VYPE Magazine’s Top 20 6A Teams, and number 27 in Friday Night Football’s Top 50 6A Teams.
The offense is loaded with playmakers.
“Muhammad is an elite talent. We will see how big of a season he can have,” said Coach Brett Sniffin. “He is 6-5, 225, and causes a lot of matchup problems.”
“B.J. Rainford had over 2,200 all-purpose yards last year, 33 touchdowns from scrimmage, and was the district offensive MVP,” added Sniffen. “He is an explosive player.”
Wide receiver Terry Petry will be a four-year letter winner who has already played in 37 varsity football games. He has been timed at 4.3 in the 40-yard dash. “He is the fastest player I have ever coached,” said Sniffen. “He will play a multitude of positions and on special teams.”
Other players that may break out this year include junior wide receivers Adam Bazan and Jeremiah Glaspie.
“Both Bazan and Glaspie have gotten better athletically,” Sniffen said.
Some experts consider the Panther’s defense to be the best in the state. The defensive leaders are; All-District returnees’ senior safety Ar’mani Johnson, junior linebacker Chad Bailey, senior defensive end Devin Woods and junior defensive tackle Dennis Osagiede.
“Johnson, an SMU commit, is the consummate professional on the field and in practice,” Sniffen said.
“Bailey is a big-time player with offers from SMU and UTSA. He had over 120 tackles last year with more than 20 tackles for a loss. Other teams will need to game plan for him,” Sniffen said.
“Osagiede had 97 tackles from the nose guard position last year and is the strongest player on the team,” Sniffen said. “He has offers from UTSA, SMU and Miami of Ohio.”
Throw in Terry Petry as a shutdown cornerback, and the defense just might be the best in the state.
Mark Nov. 3 on your calendars as Ridge Point and Hightower play for the Fort Bend Tollway Cup, probably the district championship, and certainly for southern Fort Bend County bragging rights.
|Team||Ridge Point Panthers|
|Won 11 Lost 4|
|Won 6 Lost 1|
|Lost to Cedar Park Semifinals|
|2016 (Home Games Bold)|
|Week 1||Fri Aug 26 7:00pm Kingwood @ Turner|
|Week 2||Thu Sep 1 7:00pm Lamar Con @ Traylor|
|Week 3||Fri Sep 9 7:00pm Stratford @ Hall|
|Week 5||Thu Sep 22 6:00pm Kempner @ Mercer|
|Week 6||Fri Sep 30 7:00pm Clements @ Hall|
|Week 7||Sat Oct 8 6:00pm Travis @ Mercer|
|Week 8||Sat Oct 15 6:00pm Dulles @ Mercer|
|Week 9||Sat Oct 22 6:00pm Austin @ Hall|
|Week 10||Fri Oct 28 7:00pm Bush @ Hall|
|Week 11||Thu Nov 3 7:00pm Hightower @ Hall|
|Returning||WR Terry Petry Sr|
|All-District:||LB Chad Bailey Jr|
|S Armani Johnson Sr|
|DE Devin Woods Sr|
|DT Dennis Osaigade Jr|
|QB BJ Rainford Sr|
|Coach Brett Sniffen|
|VYPE Magazine Top 20 Teams 6A|
|Recognition||Number 10: Ridge Point|
|Friday Night Football Top 50 6A|
|Number 27: Ridge Point|
|ESPN Top 300 2018|
|Number 40: Mustapha Muhammad TE|
|Dan Campbell Preseason All-State 6A|
|RB BJ Rainford|
|VYPE Magazine All Season 2016|
|TE Mustapha Muhammad|