HFB Playoff Picture
Ridge Point remains perfect in 6A district play
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SUGAR LAND – Another one bit the dust Thursday night. The Ridge Point Panthers turned back the Dulles Vikings’ bid to be the first team to knock them off in a Class 6A district game with a 35-21 win.
The good news for the Vikes (8-2 overall, 5-2 in district play), though, is that they’re in the state playoffs, just as Ridge Point (9-1, 7-0) is.
So is Travis (7-1, 5-1), which faces Bush Friday night (live on VYPE, 6:45 p.m.) in a game which has no playoff implications. If you’re familiar with Texas History, the Tigers have drawn the black bean again and must face the Tigers who reside a few miles north of Richmond, in Katy. Nothing that happens when Travis plays Bush will allow Travis to avoid playing Katy.
The only thing that hasn’t been decided is who among the teams in District 20-6A will get the fourth and last available playoff berth. The Elkins Knights and Austin Bulldogs will do battle Saturday (live on VYPE, 11:45 a.m.), and the winner earns a postseason bid.
Ridge Point, 21-0 in District 20-6A football since joining their Fort Bend ISD brethren in 2016, wore down Dulles with its depth, but the Vikings threw a couple of haymakers that enabled them to enjoy a lead twice in the first half. While driving 75 yards in 3:14 to start the game, finishing the possession with a 34-yard run by Myles Heard for a 7-0 lead, Panthers’ linebacker Chike Onigbogu left the field with an illness and did not return.
The absence of Onigbogu, who was second on the team in solo tackles, total tackles and tackles for loss, weakened Ridge Point’s defense and gave the Vikings a chance to duplicate the early offensive success.
The teams traded turnovers in the first quarter before Ridge Point got on the board. The Vikings’ D stoned the Panthers on a 4th-and-two as Darius Phillips shut down John Paul Richardson running out the “wildcat” formation. However, Cameron Peters’ pass on the ensuing Dulles possession was intercepted by Carter Aycock, who returned the ball to the Vikings’ 36-yard line.