Some people have football in their blood from birth.
Ridge Point's John Paul Richardson is one of those people.
His father, Bucky, was a folk-hero as the QB of Texas A&M back in the early 1990s. He bounced around the NFL for a few years, but his legacy was laid in Aggieland as a rough-and-tumble, signal-caller who made big plays and won ball games.
JP Richardson is a chip off the old block.
"I catch him watching his old highlights on Youtube sometimes," JP laughed. "I don't look at it as trying to live up to what my dad did. I think of it as an advantage. He coached me in Little League and that's where I really developed the love of the game. I matured quickly and understood the game really early. I take the advice he gives me to heart. He's been there-done that. I'm all ears when he talks."
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.
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— Ridge Point Football (@RPHS_FB) January 15, 2020