RIDGE POINT HIGH SCHOOL: Ridge Point realigns and reloads

By Bill McCaughey
For The Fort Bend Star

Running back B.J. Rainford breaks open for a 95-yard touchdown run in a scrimmage against Foster. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)

Running back B.J. Rainford breaks open for a 95-yard touchdown run in a scrimmage against Foster. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)

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.”

Linebacker Chad Bailey and tight end Mustapha Muhammad will lead the Panthers. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)

Linebacker Chad Bailey and tight end Mustapha Muhammad will lead the Panthers. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)

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
Coach Brett Sniffin
Twitter @RP_football
@RidgePointHS
2015
Overall
Won 11 Lost 4
2015
District
Won 6 Lost 1
2015
Playoffs
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 4 Open
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
2016
Preseason
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

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