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Ridge Point High School Athletic Coordinator and head football coach Rick LaFavers is excited for the beginning of the 2022-23 football season and to see how his team handles the road ahead of them.
"It is always fun to go through the process of growth," LaFavers said in an interview with SW Houston News. "To see where these young men will go, how they improve, how they mature, how they become closer, how they give to something that is bigger than themselves."
LaFavers is also excited for the community to support his team during games and to see the players' skills close-up.
"We have a lot of talent on this team. We have eight players with D1 offers, and several of them are already committed to play at the next level," he said. "Our defense is expected to be really talented with eight returning starters Our DL is as good as any group in the country…all are D1 guys! Lots of team speed on both sides of the ball."
Ridge Point High School belongs to Conference 6A, which is state-wide and is comprised of schools from every region. Ridge Point belongs to the Fort Bend Independent School District, along with its chief rivals Hightower and George Ranch.
According to LaFavers, the team might face its toughest obstacle right out of the gate. "Our season is just beginning, but we open up with Austin Westlake who is on a 42-game win streak, 3x defending state champion, #1 ranked team in Texas, and #5 in the country," he said. "That will be a huge challenge for us from the start."
However, he also believes that his players' bonds are strong enough to get them through the season and overcome any hurdles in their way.
"We have 50 seniors. Great group of young men and young leaders. They all care and love each other," LaFavers said. "But until you go through some adversity and go through the grind of the season, you just can’t tell. That is what is so special and unique each season is to see that process happen.
"We haven’t changed much. It still comes down to fundamentals and playing hard and physical. We want to take care of the ball and be explosive on offense while limiting people on defense and getting the ball back for our offense. Pretty simple recipe. Doesn’t change year to year. Play Hard. Play Fast. Play Physical. Have Fun!"
Conference 6A schools have 11 weeks to play up to 10 games. Preseason practice begins in early August, and playoffs begin in November.
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