When Rick LaFavers left Lamar Consolidated to become the head coach at Ridge Point last year, he never expected his first season to be such a roller coaster ride. He was hired just before spring break and after spring break, he and all of Ridge Point never came back. Covid had shut down in school learning and LaFavers never got to see his team as a whole until September 7th. The Panthers lost their first two games, but once they got rolling they couldn’t be stopped. Ridge Point went 8-1 the rest of the way and made it to the regional finals in what turned out to be a magical season.
This year, the Panthers are off to a 3-1 start and are led by dual threat quarterback, Bert Emanuel Junior. But it’s not just Emanuel’s athletic ability that Ridge Point fans are grateful for….it’s also his powers of persuasion.
At 6 foot 7 and 325 pounds, Calvin Harvey is made for the offensive line. But he’s also got the size to be a dominant basketball player and hoops was Calvin’s first love. Harvey had played basketball his whole life and was quite good at it, but after being home schooled, he enrolled at Ridge Point and his eyes started wandering to the gridiron.
Harvey’s first real season of playing football was last year….his junior year. He was raw, but showed a willingness to learn and get better. And much of his growth can be attributed to his time on the hardwood
Harvey got so good in just a year, Division 1 scholarship offers started coming in. He chose Louisiana Tech and his coach thinks his inexperience may have helped him land that opportunity.
For most of his life, Calvin Harvey has loved using his size to dominate on the basketball court. Now, he finds even more joy doing the same on the gridiron.