HOUSTON - Ridge Point will be looking for a new head coach for the first time since the school played its inaugural season.
On Wednesday, Dave Campbell's Texas Football's Matt Stepp Matt Stepp first reported that Brett Sniffin, the only coach in program history, would be leaving Fort Bend Ridge Point for the opening at Belton High School.
Sniffin just completed his eighth season at the helm of the Ridge Point Panthers' football team. In his eight-year tenure, Sniffin posted a 75-22 overall record and won five district championships. Under his direction, Fort Bend Ridge Point posted a pair of undefeated regular seasons, going 10-0 in 2014 and 2016. The best season for the Panthers came in 2015 when Ridge Point was one win away from playing for a state championship, falling to Cedar Park in the State Semifinals.
Sniffin released a statement through the team's Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon.
"To all the players t hat put the helmet on I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving everything you had for us," the statement read. "I am still here for each of you. I am moving on to a smaller town and school district in a part of the state I want to finish my career in. RP Football will always be good as it is the players that make a team not the coaches."
Sniffin will be taking over a Belton program that went 3-7 this past season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
Once a Panther, Always a Panther #BTR pic.twitter.com/tXaaEGpBiF
— Ridge Point Football (@RPHS_FB) January 15, 2020
The Broncos put up a tough fight against the Panthers. Down by 11 (31-20) at halftime, the Broncos came back to win in double overtime. At the end of the 4th quarter the Broncos were tied with the Panthers (54-54) so they went into their 1st overtime. It was neck and neck between the two and with a few seconds left the Panthers tied back up with the Broncos (58-58). Finally, they went into their 2nd and final overtime. The Broncos pulled through and won against the Panthers (68-61). Leading the way for the Broncos was D. McAdory (#24) w/ 23 points, DJ Stewart (#2) w/ 17 points, and B. Joe (#11) w/ 14 points. Leading the way for the Panthers was R. Prudhomme (#11) and F. Fashoro (#23) w/ 13 points, C. Baldwin (#4) w/ 11 points, and C. Hill (#5) w/ 9 points.
After, the double overtime I caught up with senior and leading top scorer of the night Danny McAdory (#24 Bush) to ask him a few questions and here's what he had to say...
1. Tell me about your performance tonight. You guys were down at one point. What helped you stay focused? Danny: I feel like I played well on both ends of the floor but I could've been better. I did what I had to do to help get the win and us being down didn't worry me at all because, basketball is a game of runs and sooner or later we are going to make ours.
2. How do you plan to prepare for next game? Danny: For our next game we gotta watch some film and understand who we're playing.
3. With this being your Sr year, what are your plans for this year? Danny: I've been to regional tournament twice and I feel like we had two good chances to win state and that's my ultimate goal for this year.
4. In one word describe your team. Danny: One word I'd use to describe my team is "Determined"!