Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Lake Park, FL, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Lake Park, FL, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
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.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
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 is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
Our friendly, knowledgeable TRT and HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!973-587-8638
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.
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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]