The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Lake Park, FL for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Lake Park, FL can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:
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CLERMONT, Fla. —A major Central Florida road was shut down early Wednesday morning as officials attempted to negotiate with a subject barricaded inside an RV on U.S. Highway 27 at Lake Louisa State Park.U.S. Highway 27 was closed in both directions."What we heard was, repeatedly, ‘come out of the car with your hands up!’” said Tony Mojica, who lives near the scene.Deputies said the man they were trying to coax out of the RV was eventually found inside the vehicle, dead...
CLERMONT, Fla. —
A major Central Florida road was shut down early Wednesday morning as officials attempted to negotiate with a subject barricaded inside an RV on U.S. Highway 27 at Lake Louisa State Park.
U.S. Highway 27 was closed in both directions.
"What we heard was, repeatedly, ‘come out of the car with your hands up!’” said Tony Mojica, who lives near the scene.
Deputies said the man they were trying to coax out of the RV was eventually found inside the vehicle, dead of what appeared to be a suicidal drug overdose.
The incident started just after 2 a.m. when they attempted to make a traffic stop on the RV in Leesburg.
The driver refused to stop and the pursuit that followed went for over 30 miles.
"They attempted multiple traffic stops at which time the RV accelerated. At some point, it started to drive erratically, even going opposite against traffic and that's when they decided to utilize the stop sticks,” said Fred Jones, who is a spokesperson for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
The RV was disabled just north of Lake Luisa State Park as traffic on US 27 was ground to a halt.
"We would appreciate they open the road soon, soon as possible, so we can go back to work,” truck driver Juan Dominguez said.
Negotiators tried to communicate with the man in the RV but had no luck.
In the meantime, a 911 call was made by an anonymous woman to report the man in the RV was overdosing.
"With that information, the SWAT team did breach the vehicle at which time they found the subject dead,” Jones said.
The incident was not just an inconvenience for drivers on 27 but also for people who live in the area who say they were awoken early Wednesday morning by all the noise and flashing lights.
"The whole thing was scary,” Mojica said.
Deputies say there were never any shots fired during the incident.
The RV was removed from the scene by midday.
It's believed the RV was stolen from Flagler County several weeks ago.
ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- TerraCap Management LLC, a privately held investment firm with its headquarters in Naples, Florida, announced today the sale of Lake Point Commerce Center, a six-building, 134,389 square foot, office/flex park located in Orlando, FL. Continue Reading Albert Livingston, TerraCap Partner and National...
ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- TerraCap Management LLC, a privately held investment firm with its headquarters in Naples, Florida, announced today the sale of Lake Point Commerce Center, a six-building, 134,389 square foot, office/flex park located in Orlando, FL.
Albert Livingston, TerraCap Partner and National Director of Asset Management, said, "Across our portfolio during COVID, we observed significant rent growth and tightened occupancy for single-story flex product. This resulted from increased need for distribution space and users migrating to non-traditional office space. The demand for flex office/industrial product combined with lack of available land in growth-constrained infill locations further benefited this asset, and we expect this trend to continue."
TerraCap acquired Lake Point in July 2019. During their three-year ownership period, TerraCap completed several capital projects at the property, including roof replacements, parking lot repairs, and HVAC replacements, while maintaining the property's occupancy above 90%. The property is located less than five minutes from Orlando International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the United States.
"Lake Point's performance follows our investment thesis of acquiring strategically-located properties in growing markets and working closely with established leasing and management teams to execute each asset's business plan," said Mark Hardee, TerraCap Asset Manager. "Average new and renewal leases signed in the last 12 months exceeded the in-place rents at our acquisition by more than 50%, and the property was 98% leased when sold. We appreciate our leasing and management teams for their strong efforts towards what we view as another success for TerraCap."
Ron Rogg of CBRE represented TerraCap in the sale transaction. Lisa Bailey with Avison Young represented TerraCap on leasing during their ownership, and Harvard Pacific represented TerraCap on property management.
About TerraCap Management LLC
TerraCap Management LLC considers thematic factors such as business formation, employment growth and population growth on a market-by-market basis, as most metros and submarkets have different economic-based industries and therefore move through their economic cycles differently. TerraCap makes moderate strategic overweighting or underweighting to markets, depending on the specific economic drivers influencing supply and demand.
The Investment Manager has been in operation since 2008 with its headquarters located in Naples, FL, the firm also has offices in Tampa, FL, Atlanta, GA, and Denver, CO. As operators, TerraCap believes it can make decisions more efficiently while leveraging expertise from property to property. The firm has over 10 million square feet of commercial assets within its portfolio, with over 2.1 billion dollars of assets under management.
More information can be found at terracapmgmt.com.
For More Information, Contact:
Matthew Hart239.494.8922[email protected] TerraCap Management LLC
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It’s district time around the Sunshine State in Week 4 and teams geared up ready to begin jockeying for early positioning. Great games were played all over as Chaminade-Madonna defeated Plantation American Heritage 42-34, Lakeland barely got by Kissimmee Osceola 25-22 and Trinity Christian Academy topped Bolles 27-14. There was plenty of other great games that took place, district and non-district. We’ve got the scores and some insight to a few games, so take a peek and away we go.Buchholz 48, Creekside 41...
It’s district time around the Sunshine State in Week 4 and teams geared up ready to begin jockeying for early positioning. Great games were played all over as Chaminade-Madonna defeated Plantation American Heritage 42-34, Lakeland barely got by Kissimmee Osceola 25-22 and Trinity Christian Academy topped Bolles 27-14. There was plenty of other great games that took place, district and non-district. We’ve got the scores and some insight to a few games, so take a peek and away we go.
Buchholz 48, Creekside 41: Didn’t play a game last week? No problem for the Bobcats as they improved to 3-0 on the season with the win. Buchholz, whom plays Vanguard next week, handed Creekside its first loss of the season.
Edgewater 14, Jones 13: A blocked extra point ended up being the difference in the Fightin Eagles’ 1-point win over crosstown rival Fightin Tigers. Edgewater running back Cedric Baxter scored two touchdowns and rushed for over 200 yards in the win.
Niceville 28, Chiles 25: Niceville quarterback Harrison Orr threw three touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Eagles over the Wolves. The Eagles held a 28-18 lead and held on for the victory. Orr rushed for over 160 yards and threw for 155.
Sarasota 16, Palmetto 7: The Tigers started off the game with the lead initially after a touchdown pass from Zander Smith to Moise, but after that never found the endzone again. Sarasota scored all 16 of their points in the second half to edge Palmetto.
Pahokee 35, Palm Beach Central 14: Surprise, surprise. The Blue Devils have re-entered themselves as one of the top teams with a huge win over the Broncos. Palm Beach Central led 14-8 in the second quarter, but would not score again. Pahokee scored 27 unanswered points to cruise to the 21-point win.
Week 4 Friday night results
Tampa Bay Tech 38, Bloomingdale 0
Williston 56, Branford 0
Lakewood 9, Pinellas Park 8
Land O’ Lakes 12, Wesley Chapel 0
Countryside 14, Seminole 12
Sumner 31, Gaither 27
Baker 36, Jefferson County 12
Georgia Christian 19, Aucilla Christian 13
East Bay 21, Riverview 19
Florida State High 42, Gadsden County 0
Killian 29, South Dade 22
Lee County (GA) 51, Lake Gibson 0
Camden County (GA) 48, Somerset Academy 21
Columbia 21, Madison County 0
Gulf Breeze 35, Milton 21
North Fort Myers 37, Lemon Bay 0
Wakulla 30, Blountstown 6
Valdosta 56, Coral Glades 0
Ribault 13, Westside 6
Atlantic 43, Boca Raton 7
PSFAS 41, Stanton 6
Seminole Ridge 30, Palm Beach Lakes 0
Boynton Beach 48, Park Vista 7
Ed White 37, Parker 0
Palm Beach Gardens 13, Glades Central 12
Santaluces 50, Leonard 6
Ponte Vedra 35, Middleburg 20
Mandarin 30, Atlantic Coast 0
Bell 35, Taylor 3
McArthur 31, Cooper City 7
Winter Springs 42, East River 7
Naples 38, Golden Gate 14
Key West 44, Dade Christian 6
Northview 49, Elberta 24
Horizon 22, Poinciana 6
Cardinal Newman 52, Doral Academy 31
University 49, Pine Ridge 0
ESJ 45, West Nassau 14
Melbourne 17, Halifax Academy 8
Out-of-Door 50, Bishop McLaughlin 0
The Villages 35, Citrus 14
Mosley 42, Leon 0
Lake Nona 28, Cypress Creek 0
Canterbury 42, Saint Stephen’s 21
Ocoee 35, Olympia 6
Edgewater 14, Jones 13
Saint Francis 12, First Academy 2
Wolfson 51, Harvest Community 9
Tocoi Creek 60, Ridgeview 10
Monarch 64, Piper 42
Centennial 7, Fort Pierce Central 0
Oak Ridge 13, Lake Buena Vista 7
Boone 48, Freedom 0
Merritt Island 25, Holy Trinity Episcopal 10
New Smyrna Beach 41, Crystal River
IMG Academy White 36, Zephyrhills 22
St. Thomas Aquinas 38, Western 0
Manatee 10, Braden River 7
Lakeland 25, Kissimmee Osceola 22
Lakeland Christian 28, Zephyrhills Christian Academy 14
Vero Beach Masters 94, City of Life 16
St. Petersburg 9, Osceola 0
Estero 7, Island Coast 0
John Carroll 35, South Fork 3
Oakleaf 26, Fleming Island 20
Deltona 32, Atlantic 13
Central 44, Anclote 8
Lake Minneola 60, East Ridge 6
Vanguard 34, Leesburg 6
Keystone 38, Impact Christian 12
North Marion 40, Santa Fe 6
Rickards 45, Godby 13
Jensen Beach 33, Stoneman Douglas 30
Cocoa 76, Space Coast 0
Parrish Community 26, Avon Park 19
Bishop Kenny 61, Hollis Christian 8
Lecanto 30, Fivay 6
Palm Harbor University 21, Tarpon Springs 14
Pasco 42, Hernando 21
Navarre 38, Tate 20
Buchholz 48, Creekside 41
Saint Augustine 35, Menendez 7
North Florida Christian 41, Taylor County 0
Wildwood 18, Suwannee 13
Dwyer 27, West Broward 13
Eagles View 18, St. Joseph Academy 6
Largo 16, Gibbs 6
Vero Beach 21, Westwood 0
Gulf 20, River Ridge 13
Steinbrenner 52, Lennard 7
Lecanto 30, Fivay 6
Auburndale 47, Gateway 7
Hialeah 28, Miami Beach 26
Sarasota Riverview 31, Lehigh 28
Somerset Canyons 58 Jupiter Christian 27
Lake Wales 54, Lake Region 0
Treasure Coast 28 Martin County 7
Bradford 28, Eastside 0
OC University 49, Pine Ridge 0
Plantation 21, Coconut Creek 14
Lafayette 21, Hilliard 14
Mitchell 50, Wiregrass Ranch 6
Nature Coast 32, Hudson 13
Winter Park 35, University 0
Hagerty 10, Timber Creek 7
Rockledge 42, Bayside 0
Hialeah Gaardens 36, Mourning 0
Coral Shores 35, Sunset 0
Ferguson 33, Varela 6
Ransom Everglades 21, Palmer Trinity 16
Nova 21, Hollywood Hills 7
Everglades Prep 35, Palm Beach Prep 6 Taravella 48, Pembroke Pines 9
West Port 19, South Lake 0
Eau Gallie 49, Satellite 21
Lyman 32, Lake Howell 15
Tohopekaliga 47, St. Cloud 6
Baldwin 30, Baker County 7
Sanford Seminole 51, Evans 0
Calvary Christian Academy 25, Clewiston 14
South Broward 36, Hallandale 0
Cardinal Gibbons 34, Northeast 6
Deerfield Beach 50, Everglades 12
NSU University 43, Miami Country Day 0
Freeport 36, Cottondale 32
Andrew Jackson 35, Spruce Creek 6
Wekiva 25, West Orange 13
Blanche Ely 42, Coral Springs 0
Miramar 38, Flanagan 0
Fletcher 21, Nease 13
Pine Crest 27, American Heritage 13
Hawthorne 14, Orlando Christian Prep 11
Providence School 26, NFEI 12
Appling County 35, Moore Haven 17
Lely 38, Southeast 3
Florida A&M 30, Bronson 9
The First Academy 22, Orangewood Christian 8
Flagler Palm Coast 41, Mantanzas 6
Lake Highland Prep 42, Master’s Academy 7
DeSoto 29, Gateway Charter 0
Pine Forest 28, Choctawhatchee 7
Chief land 35, Dixie County 0
Fort Meade 48, Mulberry 8
Interlachen 14, Fernandina Beach 12
George Jenkins 14, Lake Weir 0
Frostproof 24, Tenoroc 8
Springstead 45, Sunlake 14
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We’re about a month into the new school year. It’s similar in many ways to years prior, but very different for a small school in the town of Lake Park.A small school sits nestled in a Lake Park neighborhood, armed with a new look."We have fencing now, we have locks, we have a single point of entry," said Lisa Cullom, the principal of Coastal Middle & High School.Physical changes this year, like at many schools across the country."Was it automatically more part of the conversation aft...
We’re about a month into the new school year. It’s similar in many ways to years prior, but very different for a small school in the town of Lake Park.
A small school sits nestled in a Lake Park neighborhood, armed with a new look.
"We have fencing now, we have locks, we have a single point of entry," said Lisa Cullom, the principal of Coastal Middle & High School.
Physical changes this year, like at many schools across the country.
"Was it automatically more part of the conversation after what happened in Texas with your students and teachers?" WPTV journalist Tory Dunnan asked Cullom.
"100%. I think it’s been building up to this," Cullom answered.
Where the change here may differ is emotionally.
"It’s different," student Coco Shields said. "Change is hard, especially when it’s a school you don’t want to change. This change is good."
Positive change to protect a special place.
"They are coming here, some have anxiety. They are here for a reason and this is their safe haven," Cullom said. "So as much as it’s mentally safe and socially safe, we want to make it physically safe."
Cullom said 95% of the students at Coastal Middle & High School are on state scholarships .
"We are a really small private school and kids come here because they are struggling in school or have been bullied. So this is their safe place," Cullom said.
You’ll here the word "safe" here a lot.
"Our biggest goal here is to have a safe place," teacher Alexa Hernandez said.
Hernandez said the deadly mass shooting earlier this year at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas changed everything.
"It’s still always in the back of my mind constantly to keep these kids safe, no matter what were to happen," Hernandez said.
Especially because this school is in the middle of a community, they wanted a single entry point and they installed a video camera to know who was at the front entrance and why they wanted to be in the school at all times.
"A lot of these kids come to us, a home away from home. To have more safety measures around the school, I truly believe will help us," Cullom said.
Physical changes in place are now fueling momentum in the classroom for all.
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We’re about a quarter of the way through the high school football season, which means some of the picture is coming into clearer view.The teams that started the year No. 1 in the four metro classes — Sanford-Seminole, ...
We’re about a quarter of the way through the high school football season, which means some of the picture is coming into clearer view.
On the other hand, several teams expected to be among the state’s best still are looking for their first win of the season.
Here are some questions we have at the quarter mark.
Since January, one storyline has dominated the state more than any other: Metro and Suburban. Whether it’s embraced or hated (and there are strong feelings on both sides), it’s here and the first round of rankings should come out soon. There shouldn’t been too many surprises (of course there will several with the first release in 2021) but some people certainly will be doing the math on what things would look like under the old system.
It’s still early in the season, but the early returns from Winter Park, Homestead, Lake Wales, Bartram Trail, Lincoln, Niceville and Lake Mary are very promising. All these teams are undefeated heading into Week 4 and have some impressive wins along the way. Winter Park went into Georgia and beat North Gwinnett then routed Boone last week. Homestead has road wins against Miami Palmetto and Lakewood. Lake Wales just knocked off Sebring by double digits. Bartram Trail gave up 10 total points in wins against Ponte Vedra and Mainland. Lincoln has outscored its opponents 182-6 (let that one marinate for a second). Niceville’s defense has allowed 13 points and ended Ocala-Vanguard’s regular season win streak. Lake Mary has two road wins and shut out Spruce Creek. A lot of these teams lost impact seniors from 2021 but they don’t appear to have skipped a beat this fall.
Somehow, in all the talk about the Metro and Suburban split, we didn't spend enough time talking about how deep 4S is. Here's where we stand at the quarter mark: Lakeland, Buchholz, Niceville, Bartram Trail, Vero Beach, Fleming Island, Lake Minneola, Creekside, Martin County, Flagler Palm Coast and Pace all are undefeated. Venice, one of the favorites and a 2021 state champion is 1-1 with a tough early schedule and needed a last-minute touchdown to beat Naples. Osceola's lone loss is a one-point overtime thriller against Seminole. Melbourne, a regional finalist last year, has won two in a row since a season-opening loss against Lake Minneola. Oh yeah, Treasure Coast is 0-3 and still has games against Martin County, Aquinas, Chaminade and Vero Beach on the schedule. There's a lot of depth and talent in 4S, which should create an exciting next three months.
This certainly wouldn’t be a shock. Through Week 3, a South Florida team was No. 1 or 2 in all four metro classes on the USA Today Florida Network poll. The lone class that doesn’t have a South Florida team at No. 1 (yet?) is 4M, where Columbus just had a statement win Friday against Jesuit. The top four teams in Class 2M – Central, Plantation-American Heritage, Cardinal Gibbons and Northwestern – all are in South Florida. We’re a long way from December, but a South Florida sweep is definitely possible.
Cocoa was a state finalist in Class 4A last year and the favorite in Class 2S to start the season; Treasure Coast was a state semifinalist in Class 8A last season and expected to be a major threat in Class 4S in 2021. Both are winless heading into Week 4. So, is it time to panic? Only if you don’t want to think? The Titans three losses are on the road against Osceola (No. 4 Class 4S), Tampa Jesuit (No. 2 Class 3S) and Seminole (No. 1 Class 4M). Cocoa’s two losses are against Orlando-Jones (No. 7 Class 3M) and Aquinas (No. 1 Class 3M). That’s a Who’s Who. There’s no real reason for concern. Both teams have more tough tests yet to come but no one will be eager to play these teams in the playoffs.
Just picture Gladiator’s “Are you not entertained?!?” scene. Baxter, Edgewater’s outstanding senior running back, has rushed for 620 yards and five touchdowns. He opened the season with back-to-back 230-plus-yard games, including an 272-yard game against nationally-ranked Don Bosco Prep (N.J.). He was kept in check for three quarters by West Orange in Week 3 before his 81-yard, two-touchdown performance in the fourth quarter. There’s a reason he’s the No. 1 running back in the state on the USA Today Florida Network top 100 and a Texas commit. Just enjoy it while you can.
The senior linebacker and South Carolina commit has been dominant this season. He has 72 tackles in four games (they opened the season against Brunswick in Georgia rather than play a Kickoff Classic). That’s 18 tackles per game and he has consecutive 20-tackles performances in wins against Westside and Fletcher.
It’s subjective, of course. And a lot of it depends on what you look for (a ridiculous amount of scoring, great storylines/drama, etc.). Whatever your criteria, Miami Central’s 20-14 win at IMG certainly belongs on the short list. IMG led 14-6 at the half, but Central tied the score in the third quarter and scored the game-winner on a pick-six in the fourth quarter. This game lived up to the hype. Central became the first public school to beat IMG since 2013. It also has lingering controversy considering Central’s defender flipped the ball in celebration at the 2-yard line on his way to the game-winning “score.” There are other games that have been dramatic and exciting, but it’s hard to top this one.
Seriously, is there a better what-if matchup in the state than these two? Central went out and beat IMG on the road in the season opener and remains the team to beat in a top-heavy Class 2M. Chaminade is averaging more than 40 points per game against St. John’s (Washington D.C.), Dillard and Miami Northwestern. All three teams are ranked in the top 100 nationally by MaxPreps, which should give you an idea of how dominant the Lions offense is. These two teams are scheduled to play, but it would be so much fun if they were.
Ok, one more (actually nine) what if scenario. If the regular season ended today and we fast forwarded to the end, who do we think would be playing for the state title. It’s a messy prediction because there are so many games left to play, injuries happen and who knows how the seeding will play out (you know one of the perfect state championship matchups will end up being a state semifinal). But here’s our best guess right now.
Class 4M: Sanford-Seminole vs. Columbus
Class 3M: St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Edgewater
Class 2M: Miami Central vs. Plantation-American Heritage
Class 1M: Chaminade-Madonna vs. Jacksonville-Trinity Christian
Class 4S: Lakeland vs. Buchholz
Class 3S: Pine Forest vs. Naples
Class 2S: Florida High vs. Cocoa
Class 1S: Naples-First Baptist vs. Ocala-Trinity Catholic
Class 1R: Madison County vs. Hawthorne
Jon Santucci is the statewide high school football recruiting reporter for the USA Today Florida Network. He can be reached at [email protected]
Chris Boyle is a sports reporter for the Daytona Beach News-Journal and St. Augustine News-Record. He can be reached at [email protected]