Lowco Lowdown: Aug. 27

It’s Monday morning, and that means it’s time for the Lowco Lowdown (yes, it’s back!) — your weekly refresher on the local sports stories everyone should be talking about. Let’s hop to it.

• Six area high school football teams are still undefeated, and maybe not who you’d expect. Thomas Heyward (3-0) and Whale Branch (2-0) went into the season with high expectations, so their quick starts aren’t terribly surprising, but Beaufort High (2-0) and Hilton Head High (2-0) had their share of question marks, May River (2-0) had never started 1-0, let alone 2-0, and Ridgeland-Hardeeville (2-0) had a new coach and a tough season opener against Woodland. But here they are, still unbeaten going into September. Speaking of surprises …

• Poona’s still proving them wrong. This should come as no surprise to those who have followed his career going back to Hilton Head High, but former (HHIHS) and current (Seattle) Seahawk defensive tackle Poona Ford is well on his way to making an NFL roster, and perhaps much more. Ford went undrafted out of Texas and heard the usual doubts about his height, which he promptly shrugged off like so many offensive linemen. Speaking of dominant Seahawks …

• There’s no catching Sam Gilman. The Hilton Head High cross country and track star kicked off his senior season with a win at the Providence Invitational in Charlotte, where he ran a 5K time of 15:48. Gilman, the reigning Class 4A state champion, also has a world-class mustache, as seen in his interview with SCRunners.com. From the cross country course to the soccer pitch …

• Lowcountry products are making waves in women’s college soccer. Former Beaufort Academy star Miranda Weslake scored two goals in Clemson’s 4-2 win over Indiana on Sunday. The redshirt senior leads the Tigers with three goals through four games. Former Bluffton star Jaelyn Gadson is also off to a great start for Auburn, as she has started all four games for the undefeated Tigers and ranks fourth on the team in goals (2), tied for third in assists (2), and tied for second in points (6). And when you talk about the Lowcountry dominating on the college level, you have to talk about the fact that …

• USCB golf is a perennial top-10 NAIA program. The preseason NAIA rankings were released last week, and it’s no surprise that both the women and men start the season in the top 10. The women are ranked sixth, while the men are ninth going into the fall season. Finally, let’s take it inside, where …

• The Hilton Head Christian Academy volleyball team is off to a slammin’ start. The Eagles dropped only two of 13 sets en route to the gold bracket championship at the Colleton County tournament over the weekend, including an impressive win over perennial SCHSL Class 3A power Bishop England. Senior outside hitter Sydney DeSimone led the Eagles with 46 kills going into the weekend and surpassed 1,000 career kills last week.

That’s a glance at some of the biggest local sports stories this week. Keep us posted on what you’re talking about on Facebook, Twitter, or via email so we can share it in next week’s Lowco Lowdown.

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