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."
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The VYPE editorial team went back through the last few months and picked their favorite videos that went a little bit crazy on social media or just were cool, eye-popping moments. VYPE picked our 16 favorite videos and have made a four-week bracket challenge.
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8) Shadow Creek Final Play of State Title Game
BREAKING: Leading 28-22 ... 2 seconds left. Pass gets knocked down. @SCSharkFootball wins it's first ever #UILState Football Championship #txhsfb pic.twitter.com/JpMel2a6IL
— vypehouston (@vypehouston) December 21, 2019
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2) Pearland Bicycle Kick Goal
@bbeesgoalkeeper Recorded this AWESOME bicycle kick goal by @Thomas09086702 @OilerBoysSoccer last night versus Alief Taylor. What a win!!! pic.twitter.com/5AWFNsLxmi
— Pearland Boys Soccer (@OilerBoysSoccer) February 23, 2020
3) Dematrius Davis TD Run + Dance vs 4) Demond Demas Leap Over Players at Bowl Practice
HIGHLIGHT: @NSNationFB QB @Dematrius09 (Virginia Tech commit) showing off his speed and elusiveness on this touchdown run. Then the dance moves at the end. #txhsfb #UILState @TechSideline @NSSH_Mustangs @GalenaParkISD #northshore @uiltexas @MaxPreps @dctf @TXHSFB pic.twitter.com/YyXUlGPIDw
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Demas Leap Over Players at Bowl Practice
.@AggieFootball commit @DemondDemas1 is a BOOST! ✈️ @polynesiabowl
(Via @Rivals ) pic.twitter.com/ACkwHOajtq
— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) January 14, 2020
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08 Apr, 2020
Photo by VYPE Media's Bradley Collier.
It's been a memorable year for the Pflugerville Hendrickson boys soccer team. But, due to unforeseen circumstances caused by COVID-19, the Hawks' players and coaches haven't been able to finish what they started. Seniors like midfielder Kaden Franco are missing a large part of their final high school campaign after they led the team from a 6-4-4 record to a regular season-ending eight-game win streak and a share of the UIL 13-6A district title.
"We knew not to go in overconfidently like the first time we played," said Franco. "We also knew how to play our opponents the second time after rewatching film and changing a bit of the lineup. We basically knew our opponents a lot better and became a more reformed team."
That type of stretch resulted in a second half sweep of district opponents and the big wins against Round Rock Westwood and Austin Vandegrift on February 14th and 18th made the Hawks a team to watch going into the UIL 6A postseason.
"The games versus Westwood and Vandegrift put out a statement that we're the best team in the district and that the other teams should basically come prepared to lose," said Franco. "It struck fear in other teams and put them down before the game even started."
The UIL soccer playoffs were supposed to start on March 26th, but Pflugerville Hendrickson never got to show it's power play to UIL 6A Region II and beyond. That's because the Coronavirus postponed it and cancelled similar forms of entertainment over the past month.
"We were very disappointed on how playoffs [have] been delayed, but we've been doing a lot of team bonding," said Franco. "Playing online games together, [like] Call of Duty and a little bit of Fortnite, so we can keep in touch everyday."
No one knows when everything will return, but the UIL has made it clear in its messages to the public over the past few weeks that it wants to find a way to host the remaining events on its 2019-2020 athletic schedule. In the meantime, Franco and his Pflugerville Hendrickson teammates have had to find other ways to spend their time.
"I've been helping my dad around his little farm and just trying to stay in shape," he said. "It's pretty hard considering that there's a lot of time still left in the day, making me feel almost lazy staying inside."
Whether or not the season resumes, Franco will think highly of his time with Pflugerville Hendrickson. That includes the last time he stepped on the soccer field with the Hawks, which resulted in a 5-1 victory against McNeil on March 13th.
"We went out and played and had a good time," he said. "What I'll remember [about] our last game of the season is how [Jacob] Stern went from a coach to a fatherly figure in the middle of the game after something had happened with my family," he said. "I'll also remember my good friend Xjavier Martinez coming to help me out through a tough time."
And you're probably wondering about Franco's path beyond high school. If it goes as planned, he'll find opportunities in multiple arenas.
"The plan for after graduation is to go try out for the Austin Power indoor team," he said. "And God willing, try to make it through the nursing program at [Austin Community College] and become a [registered nurse]."
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