Ridge Point was able to stifle teams on the ground and pound the ball with 2015 Sam Houston State signee Remus Bulmer. Bulmer had help up front, though, and Scout three-star offensive tackle Travis Bruffy played a significant part in paving the way.
"We lived off the run game, it was our go-to whenever we needed a good play, we'd give it to Remus."
The 6-foot-7, 275-pound offensive line prospect plays left tackle for the Panthers, and has garnered two in-state offers from Texas Tech and Rice along with major interest from several schools around the country as Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Baylor, and Kansas are all involved in his recruitment.
Texas Tech was the first Power-5 school to offer the Houston-area lineman. His primary recruiter is Lee Hays.
"Last week, he called me and we had a long conversation. At the end, he was saying 'I want to be your first Big 12 offer.'"
After conferring with head coach Kliff Kingsbury, Hays officially extended the offer.
Bruffy actually faced a couple of Texas Tech signees in 2014. Ridge Point was a buzzsaw, beating both Fort Bend Elkins (Jonathan Giles's alma mater) and Texas City (D'Vonta Hinton's).
"I think our defense was the No. 1 rush defense in the state, we held back some of the best running backs in the country. We held C.E. King to their lowest rushing average. We shut down Jonathan Giles."
In addition, Bruffy had the pleasure of having to block D'Vonta "Hitman" Hinton in a 48-7 beatdown of Texas City.
"He hits hard. We didn't run much, he was an animal."
Bruffy doesn't currently have a favorite and is taking his time with the recruiting process. He hopes to eventually sit down with his family and make a decision, but doesn't have a specific timeline right now.
"I'm interested right now in any school that wants me. If I get the right feeling with the right school at the right time, it could just happen at any point."
The big tackle prospect is interested in a school with a high-caliber academic program, in a good conference, with a good history. He hopes to major in economics or financial management.
Bruffy has a good relationship with Hays, and is a fan of Kingsbury.
"I've always been a fan of coach Kingsbury, ever since he was at A&M. He's a great coach."
On Tech's football program, "They have a very outstanding offensive line led by a great coach, coach Hays."