It’s hard to believe, but we’re just over a month away from the start of high school football. We don’t see many opportunities for inter-squad preseason action at this level, but on Thursday at Beaufort High, we got a taste of what should be a spectacular fall of gridiron action in the Lowco.
Eight area public and private schools got a taste of live competition Thursday in a 7-on-7 tournament at Beaufort High presented by the South Coastal Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The host Eagles continued their local dominance on the gridiron, downing Hilton Head High 12-6 in the championship game to finish the day 6-0 and claim preseason county bragging rights.
High school football season in the Lowco is starting early this year.
With his family, friends, and teammates joining him in the Hilton Head Island High School media center, heavily-recruited senior linebacker Jaylen Sneed announced his commitment to the University of Notre Dame, joining one of the most storied college football programs in the nation.
There was very little interest at the college level for Beaufort High defensive back Ron Parker. But he wasn’t ready to let his gridiron dreams slip away that quickly. It would take a steep road with lots of hurdles to get to the top of the mountain, and Parker was ready to accept the challenge.
A decade after his graduation from Newberry College, Ron Parker will have his name etched alongside his alma mater’s greatest. The Beaufort High standout and longtime Kansas City Chiefs starter was selected to the Newberry Athletics Hall of Fame on Monday, joining a class of four former Wolves.
Poona Ford never forgot about the special island he calls home. And on Saturday afternoon, the Lowco’s own NFL star came back to spend the day with us.
Former Beaufort High standout Jeffrey Smyth had to hold off a few extra months for his sophomore season at Presbyterian College, but the Blue Hose defensive back is making it worth the wait.
Some student-athletes captivate a community with their incredible play on the field, and then some go beyond and inspire a whole new generation. Poona Ford has done both.
Poona Ford never heard his name called on draft day, but it didn't stop the Lowcountry legend from making a name for himself on the biggest stage. After three impressive seasons in Seattle, the former Hilton Head Island High and University of Texas defensive lineman cashed in on Tuesday, signing a lucrative two-year, incentive-laded contract with the Seahawks that reportedly could earn him up to $14 million.