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 Sarasota Springs, 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 Sarasota Springs, 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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Nine Gators make up the women’s tennis roster heading into the fall season, with some returning to improve upon last season and others looking to establish their name in Gainesville.Senior Carly Briggs — Calhoun, GeorgiaBriggs began her Florida career in the summer of 2021 as a transfer from Tennessee. Since becoming a Gator, she has amassed 19 singles wins and 22 doubles wins. Briggs and her doubles partner Marlee Zein at No. 8 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) national rankin...
Nine Gators make up the women’s tennis roster heading into the fall season, with some returning to improve upon last season and others looking to establish their name in Gainesville.
Senior Carly Briggs — Calhoun, Georgia
Briggs began her Florida career in the summer of 2021 as a transfer from Tennessee. Since becoming a Gator, she has amassed 19 singles wins and 22 doubles wins. Briggs and her doubles partner Marlee Zein at No. 8 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) national ranking heading into the spring of 2022. She was also recently acknowledged for her academic success, as one of nine eight Florida student athletes this season to win ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Senior Emma Shelton — Gainesville, Florida
Shelton, a Gainesville local, transferred to the UF in 2021 from South Carolina. Since coming to Florida, Shelton has an 18-13 overall singles record, with a ranked victory at the Freedom Memorial over then No. 30 Victoria Flores. Shelton was ranked 84th in singles heading into the 2022 spring season.
Junior Sara Dahlstrom — Stockholm, Sweden
Dahlstrom has been a commanding force for the Gators since her commitment in June of 2020. After a strong freshman campaign, she began the 2021-2022 season with a 3-0 singles record at the UNF Invitational. In the spring Dahlstrom held the team’s highest overall winning percentage with a record of 18-2, good for a 90%. She was also recognized for her academics with the ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Sophomore Emily De Oliveria — Bradenton, Florida
De Oliveira saw minimal action as a freshman in the 2021-2022 season. However, with a singles win at the Kitty Harrison Invitational and a two doubles victories with her partner Alicia Dudeney, she looks to build upon her success. De Oliveira was yet another Gator to claim ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Sophomore Alicia Dudeney — Hove, United Kingdom
Dudney exhibited much promise during her freshman season in 2021-2022. In the spring she was named a Second Team All-SEC honoree and part of the SEC All-Freshman team. Dudeney and her doubles partner, Bente Spee, achieved a victory at the Freeman Memorials doubles tournament, becoming the first Gators to do so since 2004. Like many other of her teammates, Dudeney claimed the ITA Scholar-Athlete Honors.
Sophomore Bente Spee — Heemstede, Netherlands
Spee showed dominance during her 2021 freshman outing as a doubles specialist. She, along with her partner Dudeney, finished the 2022 spring season at No. 53 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association doubles rankings. Spee also finished the spring 4-2 in dual singles matches, and she was another recipient of ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Freshman Rachel Gailis — Delray Beach, Florida
Gailis is the Gators’ most prolific prospect from their 2022 class She was the No. 2 recruit of the 2022 class and was touted as the highest ranked recruit by Dunlop RPI. Gailis was also named champion of the Clash on Clay tournament, a nationwide event held in Delray, Florida, and the Battle of Boca, a globally recognized tournament that features the top junior tennis players.
Freshman Anastasia Sysoeva — Sarasota, Florida
Sysoeva comes to Gainesville as a member of the 2022 recruiting class. She holds a Women’s Tennis Association ranking of 968 and International Tennis Federation junior ranking of 403. In her career, Sysoeva recorded wins against five ranked opponents and was a finalist for the W15 Cancun tournament, a yearly competition for the top tennis prospects.
Freshman Sophia Williams — Charleston, South Carolina
Williams is another intriguing freshman who has showcased great talent prior to college. She was a blue-chip recruit in the class of 2022 and holds a ITF junior ranking of 300. Recently, Williams displayed her ability at the 2022 ITF Summer Circuit, where she made it to the finals.
The fall season will get underway in Texas Sept. 19 for the Lubbock 15K tournament.
The claim: Sarasota teachers cannot purchase books, accept donated books or order from Scholastic, and their schools will not host book fairsAs Florida schools have begun implementing changes mandated by HB 1467, an education bill signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this year, there has been considerable ...
As Florida schools have begun implementing changes mandated by HB 1467, an education bill signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this year, there has been considerable discussion on social media about the new regulations.
One screenshot of a tweet about schools in Sarasota has been shared by The Other 98%, a left-leaning Facebook page with almost 7 million followers.
"My heart is heavy for educators in Sarasota, FL," reads the screenshot. "They were recently told they cannot purchase books or have any books or reading materials donated to their classroom, they can’t order from Scholastic and their schools will not host book fairs."
The Aug. 16 Facebook post was shared more than 4,800 times in two days and drew thousands of comments, many expressing outrage. The original tweet, which was posted by the account @MrsHallScholars, has accrued thousands of retweets since it was posted on Aug. 15.
HB 1467 allows parents to review and contest all instructional materials, including books. The law also sets term limits for school board members, creates selection requirements for school materials and compels districts to hold meetings related to instructional materials in public.
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Sarasota County school teachers have been told not to purchase or accept donated books for their classrooms, including Scholastic books, as the post suggests. The school district told USA TODAY that it is freezing such purchases to remain in compliance with new regulations
Students will still be allowed to order Scholastic books to take home, and the schools can host book fairs scheduled for fall 2022 and spring 2023, pending guidance from the Florida Department of Education, the district told USA TODAY.
USA TODAY reached out to several users who shared the claim for comment.
Under the new law, any books that Florida schools recommend, assign, or make available to students "must be selected by a school district employee who holds a valid educational media specialist certificate."
As a direct result of this policy, the district wrote, it "has frozen purchases and donations of all books used in school media centers and classroom libraries until at least January 2023." This message was sent to school principals shortly before the first day of school in early August, according to Sarasota County School District spokesperson Kelsey Whealy.
The temporary halt on book acquisitions will permit the district to hire the necessary specialists – currently, it does not employ any – and to work out any other kinks in implementation, Whealy said.
"Freezing purchases and donations of all books used in school media centers and classroom libraries allows time for hiring and working through existing materials as well as time for the (Florida Department of Education) to provide rules and the district’s curriculum team to provide interpretation and additional guidance on the legislation," Whealy wrote in an email to USA TODAY.
Claims that teachers "can’t order from Scholastic" are not completely accurate.
While teachers were told they cannot add Scholastic books to their classroom collections, they may still place orders for their students, as the Sarasota Herald-Tribune also reported. Parents must be able to see the book selection before orders are made.
"Scholastic book orders are allowed provided the order form is reviewed by parents in advance and the books aren’t purchased for use in the classroom library or media center at this time," Whealy wrote in an email to USA TODAY.
Claims that schools will not host book fairs are also not accurate, the district said.
"Our Instructional Materials & Library Services team indicated that they’ve advised schools that any book fair slated for the fall can remain scheduled, pending further guidance, and the possibility of rescheduling," Whealy wrote. "Schools without book fairs scheduled for the fall may reschedule until spring 2023."
However, the district said any guidance related to instructional materials is subject to change depending on further guidance from the state's Department of Education.
USA TODAY has also debunked other claims regarding education measures in Florida, including false and misleading assertions that the state banned 25 books in schools and teachers had to attend three-day civics training seminars.
Based on our research, we rate PARTLY FALSE the claim that Sarasota teachers cannot purchase books, accept donated books or order from Scholastic, and their schools will not host book fairs. A temporary freeze is in place, and at this time, teachers cannot purchase books or accept donations for their classroom libraries, including Scholastic book orders, according to information from the Sarasota County School District. However, students can still purchase Scholastic books to take home and the district has advised schools that "any book fair slated for the fall can remain scheduled, pending further guidance, and the possibility of rescheduling."
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More than two years after it was closed amid the onset of COVID-19, the reimagining of the shuttered Bath & Racquet Club in southern Sarasota is inching closer to reality.A resubmittal hearing before the city’s Development Review Committee last week addressed most of the remaining technical matters and, pending sign-off with individual committee members on final details, is on track to appear before the Planning Board in October or November.Because the application is a site plan with minor conditional use, it is not r...
More than two years after it was closed amid the onset of COVID-19, the reimagining of the shuttered Bath & Racquet Club in southern Sarasota is inching closer to reality.
A resubmittal hearing before the city’s Development Review Committee last week addressed most of the remaining technical matters and, pending sign-off with individual committee members on final details, is on track to appear before the Planning Board in October or November.
Because the application is a site plan with minor conditional use, it is not required to go before the City Commission.
Under the new ownership of Sarasota Springs LLC, a joint venture between Federal Finance Group and Silver Sky Global Capital, architect Michael Halflants — himself a member of the Planning Board — is leading the design efforts of the project. It will incorporate the prior use of the 13.43-acre property, which will be enveloped by a mixed-use development of 256 residential rental units — 33 of the attainable housing — and 65,000 square feet of commercial and retail space situated behind Trader Joe’s on Tamiami Trail at Robinhood Street.
Rather than tearing it down, the project will not only revive the club, it is intended to benefit the surrounding neighborhood by replacing the dilapidated facility with a modern, mixed-use development.
“The design of the Bath & Racquet Club creates a community in which one can live, work, and play in,” reads text from the project’s submission. “The project also proposes a one-acre public park as well as a public trail that stretches 1 kilometer around the site. These amenities are intended to embed this new development into the existing residential neighborhood, providing a public amenity for the larger community.”
The ownership of the project was unavailable for comment.
Planned club amenities include 16 tennis courts, three of them elevated above parking, along with 12 indoor and four outdoor pickleball courts. There will be an outdoor pool for the club and a new indoor fitness center. Built in 1969, the club had 29 courts when it closed, along with several racquetball courts.
The apartments, which will front two sides of the tennis complex, will have a pool, dog park, public park and playground. The pedestrian trail wrapping around the development will connect to the adjacent Mill Terrace community.
The project encountered several challenges since it was first proposed by then-owner Mark Lucas in May 2020. The greatest obstacle was an effort to swap commercial square footage for additional residential units, which Halflants repeatedly contended to those concerned about traffic would result in fewer vehicle trips onto the site.
Lucas acquired the club site in 2020. The Sarasota City Commission denied his first attempt at rezoning the property later that same year. Lucas teamed with Halflants’ firm, Halflants + Pichette, submitting a new plan in 2021, which was unanimously approved last November.
In January 2022, Lucas sold the property to its new owners for $15.35 million, nearly tripling its value. Federal Finance has offices in New York, London and Windermere, which is in western Orange County. Silver Sky Global Capital has offices in London and New York.
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We are nearly 50 percent through the high school football season and we want this 2022 campaign to slow down a little bit so we can enjoy it. It seems like just yesterday the season started and we are already talking about district races and dare I say playoffs (que the Jim Mora voice)? There was obviously some craziness that went on before games took place as Luke Knight exits Jesuit and has enrolled at Merritt Island High School, which is on the east coast of Florida. Week 5 will begin the Will Griffin era at Jesuit and the freshman will s...
We are nearly 50 percent through the high school football season and we want this 2022 campaign to slow down a little bit so we can enjoy it. It seems like just yesterday the season started and we are already talking about district races and dare I say playoffs (que the Jim Mora voice)? There was obviously some craziness that went on before games took place as Luke Knight exits Jesuit and has enrolled at Merritt Island High School, which is on the east coast of Florida. Week 5 will begin the Will Griffin era at Jesuit and the freshman will start off against none other than Armwood.
When you dig into the games that took place Friday and Saturday morning, there was plenty of em that were down to the final quarter. Well, with the exception of the ‘Battle of South Tampa’ between Plant and Robinson, which was over by halftime. Hillsborough needed a gutsy effort to get by Jefferson and Durant barely edged out Plant City. Over in Pinellas County, Largo just got by Gibbs and Palm Harbor University narrowly beat an emerging Tarpon Springs group. Enough of all this, let’s take a look at the results from Week 4 in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
Week 4 results
Calvary Christian 35, Cardinal Mooney 6: The Warriors jumped all over the Cougars on Saturday morning and never looked back. Calvary Christian quarterback Jacob Drackett threw touchdown passes to Toby Wroe, Caleb Goodloe and Austin Ho in the win for the Warriors.
Palm Harbor University 21, Tarpon Springs 14: Gunning for their third straight win of the season, the Hurricanes had to wait out a weather delay to get it. Palm Harbor rode the legs of running backs Gunner Fodor and Mykehl Boebert en route to the victory.
Tampa Catholic 28, American Collegiate 12: In another game that had to be completed on Saturday morning, the Crusaders were able to pull away from American Collegiate. Only leading 14-12 at halftime, the Crusaders scored 14 unanswered points in the second half to improve to 2-1.
Plant 68, Robinson 29: It wasn’t so much of a battle when it came to the South Tampa teams. Plant got a big day for quarterback Trey O’Malley, who threw for 193 yards and Waltez Clark rushed for 70 in the win for the Panthers.
Steinbrenner 52, Lennard 7: The Warriors improved to 2-2 on the season with a blowout win over the Longhorns. Steinbrenner got solid performances from running back Kirby Vorhees (10 carries, 104 yards) and linebacker Hayden Bieber (eight tackles, six for loss, two sacks).
Hillsborough 14, Jefferson 0
Shorecrest 29, Sarasota Christian 0
Hollins 24, Dunedin 14
Durant 21, Plant City 13
Largo 16, Gibbs 6
East Bay 21, Riverview 19
Spoto 14, King 0
CCC 20, St. Petersburg 0
Cardinal Gibbons 34, Northeast 6
Blake 14, Middleton 6
Tampa Bay Tech 38, Bloomingdale 0
Indian Rocks Christian 37, Legacy Charter 6
Countryside 14, Seminole 12
Sumner 31, Gaither 27
Northside Christian 15, Cambridge 14
Lakewood 9, Pinellas Park 8
St. Petersburg 9, Osceola 0
East Lake 38, Boca Ciega 7
Seffner Christian 40, Ambassador Christian 8
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A roundup of all the high school football games in Southwest Florida on Friday, Sept. 16, Week 4 of the regular season:Barron Collier 35, Bonita Springs 23: The Cougars (3-0) are the last undefeated team in Collier County thanks to a big second half on a rainy, muddy night.The game was tied 14-14 at halftime. Then Barron Collier scored twice in the third quarter to take command. Bonita Springs (2-2) pulled within 28-23 in the fourth quarter, but Cougars QB Tommy Mooncotch followed with his second touchdown pass...
A roundup of all the high school football games in Southwest Florida on Friday, Sept. 16, Week 4 of the regular season:
Barron Collier 35, Bonita Springs 23: The Cougars (3-0) are the last undefeated team in Collier County thanks to a big second half on a rainy, muddy night.
The game was tied 14-14 at halftime. Then Barron Collier scored twice in the third quarter to take command. Bonita Springs (2-2) pulled within 28-23 in the fourth quarter, but Cougars QB Tommy Mooncotch followed with his second touchdown pass to seal the win.
Both teams kept the ball on the ground in the soggy conditions. Bonita Springs senior RB Josiah Sessler had an astounding 50 carries for 222 yards and three TDs. Bryan Daniels led Barron Collier with 101 rushing yards, and Jackson Polly added 60.
North Fort Myers 37, Lemon Bay 0: The Red Knights (3-1) stopped Lemon Bay on fourth down on the first possession, then marched down the field to score first. And the route was one.
New North Fort Myers quarterback Bryce Duross threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns while running for another score. Virgil Malloy had a 43-yard touchdown run, and Rashad Snow returned an interception for a TD for the Knights.
After going undefeated in the regular season last year, Lemon Bay (1-2) already has lost twice. The Manta Rays were held to 159 yards of offense.
Naples 38, Golden Gate 14: The Titans entered halftime poised to pull off the biggest win in school history. Golden Gate (1-3), which opened in 2004, has never beaten two-time state champ Naples. This game was tied 14-14 at the break.
Then Naples (3-1) did what Naples does -- the Golden Eagles pounded the ball on the ground and scored 24 unanswered points in the second half. Iowa commit Kendrick Raphael had 245 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Isaiah Augustave, committed to Arkansas, added 170 rushing yards.
Golden Gate RB Trayvon Jean ran for 112 yards on 19 carries, an impressive feat against a Naples defense know for stuffing the run.
Sarasota-Riverview 31, Lehigh 28: A week after a nationally-televised win, Lehigh came out flat on the road. However, despite falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter, the Lightning (1-3) had a chance to win.
Lehigh scored four straight touchdowns, including a 98-yard fumble return by Tyre Cunningham, to go up 28-21 late in the third quarter.
Riverview QB Jeremiah Dawson scored on a 1-yard dive to tie the game with 9:49 to go. The Rams won on a 48-yard field goal by Stone Springman with 6:50 left to play.
A week after rushing for a career-high 302 yards, Alabama recruit Richard Young was held to 61 yards. Lehigh's star RB has had less than 100 rushing yards in three of four games this season.
Estero 7, Island Coast 0: The Wildcats scored five minutes into the game, a 1-yard plunge by running back Malik Allen, and that was it for either offense for the rest of the game.
It was not a pretty win. Estero turned the ball over three times and had less than 100 yards of offense. Still, the Wildcats are 4-0 for the first time since their glory days of 2000, back when Estero was a larger school and in the middle of a decade of deep playoff runs.
The Estero defense has not given up a touchdown this season. The Wildcats have three shutouts, and the 16 points they've allowed have come on special teams and defense.
Evangelical Christian 34, Bradenton Christian 0: ECS quarterback Tanner Helton had his best game since transferring from North Fort Myers. The 6-foot-5 junior threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another.
The Sentinels (4-0) remained undefeated thanks to another strong defensive effort. ECS has three shutouts this season and has allowed just 15 points.
Junior running back L.J. Blackwell, another transfer addition for the Sentinels, rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown. Blackwell has 119 yards or more, plus a touchdown, in every game this season.
Cape Coral 13, Cypress Lake 10: Cape Coral did all its scoring before halftime, leading 13-0 at the break. The Seahawks (2-1) gave up 10 points in the third quarter but kept Cypress Lake (1-3) scoreless in the fourth.
The Panthers had the ball at the 1-yard line in the final minute, but Cape Coral stuffed Eli Jones on three straight attempts to earn the win.
Damien Miranda had a rushing touchdown for the Seahawks, and Blake Thomas added two field goals. Jones had Cypress Lake's only touchdown.
Immokalee 41, Lake Placid 7: The Indians had their best offensive outing of the season. After scoring just 36 points combined the first three weeks, Immokalee (2-2) exploded for six touchdowns.
Quarterback Trannon Villarreal threw two touchdown passes to Ted Blanchard. The Indians also rushed for four touchdowns. The ground attack was led by Luck Jean-Baptiste and Justin Compere.
Immokalee now has as many wins this season as they had the past two seasons combined.
South Fort Myers 38, East Lee 0: The Wolfpack raced out to a 23-0 lead in the first quarter of this Thursday night game. Quarterback Chase Enguita had two rushing touchdowns in the opening quarter, and the South defense notched a safety.
Victor Jenkins scored a rushing touchdown for South (1-2), which picked up its first win. Enguita threw for 65 yards and a touchdowns and rushed for 50 yards and two scores.
East Lee, a young team with a new head coach in Herbans Paul, fell to 0-3 and has only scored seven points this season.
Port Charlotte 35, Ida Baker 0: The Pirates took their aggression out on Baker after last weeks' loss. Port Charlotte (2-2) scored on its first two possessions and was up 35-0 at halftime before a running block second half.
Edd Guerrier ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns for Port Charlotte. Julius Roach and Bryce Eaton also scored rushing touchdowns, while the Pirates' defense returned a fumble 47 yards for the team's final score.
Riverdale 31, Mariner 13: The Raiders (2-2) scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter after Mariner got within one score.
Terry Jackson led Riverdale with two rushing touchdowns. Cade Best also had a rushing TD for the Raiders.
Mariner's scores came on a pass from Noah Tolbert to Kaelan Davidson, and a fake punt run by Justin Lewis.
Lely 38, Bradenton-Southeast 3: After totaling just seven points the past two games, Lely's offense broke out thanks to a change under center. Javian Tanelus moved over from wide receiver and threw touchdown passes. He ran for another score as the Trojans (1-3) picked up their first win.
Canterbury 42, Bradenton-St. Stephen's 21: Canterbury, an FHSAA independent, improved to 4-0 thanks to a consistent offense. The Cougars scored 14 points in each of the first three quarters. They led 42-14 in the fourth before St. Stephen's tacked on a touchdowns.
Alex Camarca scored two touchdowns for Canterbury. So did Leroy Roker. Owen Hawley and Azarian Levatte scored one each.
DeSoto County 29, Gateway Charter 0: Lil'dreco Tompkins scored three touchdowns on the ground for DeSoto, which improved to 3-1. The Bulldogs rushed for 235 yards on 46 attempts (5.1 yards per carry).