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 South Gate Ridge, 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 South Gate Ridge, 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
If there’s anything else you can get out of game week for Florida high school football is this: There’s never a dull moment. From weather delays to blowouts to tightly contested games, the Sunshine State makes sure to keep you on your heels wherever you are. That was the Week 3 Friday night slate all in a nutshell. Down in south Florida, No. 2 Miami Central had to stave off a upset big by Booker T. Washington and No. 14 Columbus ended up pulling away from visiting Jesuit, giving the Tigers their first loss since 2020. Those weren...
If there’s anything else you can get out of game week for Florida high school football is this: There’s never a dull moment. From weather delays to blowouts to tightly contested games, the Sunshine State makes sure to keep you on your heels wherever you are. That was the Week 3 Friday night slate all in a nutshell. Down in south Florida, No. 2 Miami Central had to stave off a upset big by Booker T. Washington and No. 14 Columbus ended up pulling away from visiting Jesuit, giving the Tigers their first loss since 2020. Those weren’t the only crazy games going on, so we’ll get to it here in our Florida Friday night high school football rewind Week 3 edition.
No. 2 Miami Central 36, Booker T. Washington 19: The game ended with a scary scene, with 1:20 remaining on the clock but the Rockets improve to 2-0 on the season. Central finally pulled away in the four quarter on a 42-yard Jonathan Harris’ touchdown run, one of two scores on the night for the tailback.
No. 14 Columbus 32, No. 8 Jesuit 15: Jesuit went into intermission leading 15-13, but the Tigers wouldn’t score another point the rest of the way. The Explorers out-scored the Tigers 19-0 in the second half and handed Jesuit its first loss since Dec. 11, 2020 to Plantation American Heritage (16-13 playoff loss).
No. 5 St. Thomas Aquinas 42, Cocoa 14: In what was a game hyped up to be one of the better ones in the state eventually turned into a running clock. The Raiders jumped out on the Tigers 21-0 in the opening period and never looked back.
University Christian 33, Charlton County (GA) 0: The Border War Series continued on Friday night at Glynn County Stadium in Brunswick, Georgia and the Christians of University Christian routed their rivals from the Peach State. Its the first time Charlton County has suffered a shutout loss since Nov. 11, 2020.
Belen Jesuit 15, Fairfield Prep (CT) 14: Belen Jesuit trailed 6-3 at halftime on the road in Connecticut against Fairfield Prep, but were able to notch a safety, field goal and the go-ahead touchdown with 1:46 remaining to take the win. A late interception of Fairfield Prep with 1:15 left would seal the victory.
Andrew Jackson 13, Fletcher 10, OT: In an overtime thrilling contest, the Tigers were able to defeat the Senators. Tigers’ wide receiver Terrance Holland led the team with just around 100 yards receiving on the night.
North Marion 26, Belleview 13: A fight ensued at the end of this hotly contested matchup of teams from Marion County. Colts defensive linemen Antwaun Hampton and Andrew Zock combined for 4.5 sacks, unofficially, in the win for North Marion.
Palmetto 17, Sarasota Riverview 14, OT: It was a thriller over in Manatee County, as the Tigers edged out the Rams with an overtime field goal make to win it. Palmetto improves to 2-1 on the season while Sarasota Riverview falls to 0-3. Brandon Gonzales nailed the 21-yard kick in the overtime period.
Armwood 27, Hillsborough 3: This Hawks’ defense is for real. Armwood’s defense stifled the Terriers’ offense all night en route to a rout of their rivals over in Tampa. By halftime, Hillsborough was at negative yardage against a motivated Armwood team.
No. 16 Edgewater 26, West Orange 14: Edgewater running back Cedric Baxter, a Texas commitment, rushed for two touchdowns and helped lead the Eagles to the win over the Warriors. The two teams came into the game coming off impressive Week 2 performances.
Week 3 Friday night results
Apopka 7, Dr. Phillips 6
Flagler Palm Coast 35, Spruce Creek 14
Northeast 37, Gibbs 20
Jackson 8, Dr. Krop 6
Plant 47, King 0
LCHS 52, TCAS 6
Fort White 28, Keystone Heights 0
Lyman 31, Davenport 20
Steinbrenner 52, Plant City 14
Auburndale 17, Kathleen 0
Yulee 35, ZA 0
TFA 28, Mulberry 8
Gulf Coast 34, Port Charlotte 23
Naples 28, Immokalee 0
Central 25, Bronson 0
Chief land 14, Suwannee 13
Lafayette 34, Hamilton County 20
Evangelical Christian 34, Gateway Charter 0
FBA 28, Cardinal Mooney 27
Brandford 39, Bell 0
Pace 42, West Florida 14
South Sumter 30, Wildwood 6
Strawberry Crest 42, Robinson 8
Sarasota 28, Booker 21
Clearwater 46, Countryside 15
Hialeah 46, HMLHS 0
Blake 51, Brandon 8
DeSoto County 20, George Jenkins 14
Lakeland 39, Winter Haven 6
Seminole 12, Dunedin 0
Ridge view 40, Lake Weir 0
Lake Placid 21, Nova 16
Weeki Wachee 8, Tenoroc 6
Osceola 35, Tarpon Springs 8
Wharton 47, Gaither 6
Bloomingdale 15, Durant 14
Alonso 27, Spoto 8
Hernando 21, Citrus 14
Newberry 65, Trenton 6
East Lake 49, Pinellas Park 14
Haines City 38, Celebration 7
Sumner 49, Jefferson 6
Middleton 22, Lennard 15
Vanguard 21, Dunnellon 20
Miami Palmetto 33, Killian 13
Cairo 31, Godby 12
Parrish Community 62, Bayshore 7
Largo 21, Boca Ciega 0
Tampa Bay Tech 28, Newsome 3
Riverview 59, Chamberlain 0
Lake Region 31, Avon Park 0
PCHS 49, St. Stanislaus 27
Plantation American Heritage 56. Glades Central 0
Lake Wales 20, Sebring 0
Leto 19, Freedom 12
Palm Harbor University 13, Sunlake 10
Freeport 20, Liberty County 13
North Fort Myers 38, South Fort Myers 0
Blountstown 20, Marianna 7
Lehigh 26, Lake Gibson 20
WA 21, St. Brendan 13
SFC 40, First Academy 0
Choctawhatchee 35. Crestview 34
Eat Gallie 20, Bishop Moore 17
Niceville 35, Fort Walton Beach 0
Monsignor Pace 35, Lely 7
King’s Academy 16, SAC 8
Moore Haven 2, Keswick Christian 0
Coral Academy 49, MAC 14
Palatka 33, Santa Fe 19
Mount Dora 33, Leesburg 32
Cambridge 17, Community School 13
Northview 34, Tate 25
Springstead 28, Nature Coast 0
East Bay 61, Sickles 40
St. John Paul II 39, Maclay 0
Navarre 37, Rickards 6
Columbia 21, DeLand 16
Dillard 35, Miramar 7
ODA 26, Saint Stephen’s 22
Homestead 24, Lakewood 14
Oak Hall 48, Seven Rivers Christian 21
Edison 35, North Miami 24
Poinciana 34, LaBelle 14
Ridge Community 27, Victory Christian 19
IMG Academy 63, East 13
Coral Springs 10, Hollywood Hills 6
Fleming Island 19, Nease 14
Sanford Seminole 41, Treasure Coast 22
Land O’ Lakes 38, Zephyrhills Christian 16
Baker 21, Bozeman 20
Menendez 40, Pine Ridge 0
Rockledge 41, Viera 0
Everglades 27, Cooper City 0
Ocoee 27, Evans 0
Berkeley Prep 40, West Port 7
Dunbar 44, Bishop Verot 27
North Florida Christian 44, Jefferson County 0
Centennial 30, Heritage 0
Cottondale 26, RBCHS 22
Wewahitchka 24, Vernon 6
Lake Howell 34, Faith Christian 0
Bay 35, Port St. Joe 6
Bishop Kenny 25, Tocoi Creek 13
Melbourne 24, Satellite 0
Estero 31, Cypress Lake 16
CCC 28, Tampa Catholic 14
Walton 49, Rutherford 8
Neumann 57, Bishop McLaughlin 0
IRCHS 35, BCA 0
Winter Park 38, Boone 3
Merritt Island 35, Astronaut 0
Carrollwood Day 42, Calvary Christian 28
IMG Academy White 44, Southeast 0
Cardinal Gibbons 31, Gulliver Prep 14
Cypress Bay 31, Flanagan 8
Coral Shores 48, PGPA 0
New Hempstead 42, South Lake 0
Bayside 13, Central 0
Coca Beach 49, Taylor 0
Western 10, Coconut Creek 3
Aucilla Christian 46, SFCHS 0
Olympia 20, Lake Nona 14
Freedom 41, Lake Buena Vista 13
Cypress Creek (Orlando) 27, Windermere 0
Ida Baker 31, Mariner 28
CSC 26, AMCHS 14
Hagerty 42, Winter Springs 0
Orlando Christian Prep 50, OCHS 0
Avant Garde 62, American Heritage (Delray Beach) 16
Lake Brantley 56, Palmetto Ridge 0
Vero Beach 62, Port St. Lucie 0
SASH 50. Somerset Prep 6
First Coast 36, Forest 14
Interlachen 22, Crescent City 7
Legacy Charter 13, CCA 7
Lincoln 33, Gadsden County 0
Umatilla 42, Discovery 21
Lake Mary 13, Oviedo 7
TCCHS 42, Chiles 13
Santa Fe Catholic 37, Bradenton Christian 21
Horizon 49, Colonial 0
Timber Creek 31, East River 14
Harmony 13, Palm Bay
Trinity Christian 40, North Florida Educational 6
Fort Myers 28, Riverdale 0
Barstow 28, Golden Gate 21
Escambia 12, Gulf Breeze 10
Jay 37, Franklin 0
Bradford 21, Middleburg 0
Bartram Trail 17, Mainland 3
SPHS 41, Northeast 6
Crystal River 30, East Ridge 0
Chipley 18, Holmes County 0
Fort Lauderdale 38, Leon 0
Hawthorne 36, Parker 18
Mandarin 28, Riverside 6
Ed White 36, Englewood 13
Mitchell 40, River Ridge 0
Zephyrhills 31, Wiregrass Ranch 10
Suncoast 6, Royal Palm Beach 0
Palm Beach Central 42, Park Vista 7
West side 22, Atlantic Coast 6
Saint Andrew’s 42, West Boca Raton 7
NBP 20, PPC 13
Raines 14, Sandalwood 8
Stranahan 22, Deerfield Beach 18
Sneads 40, Graceville 0
Oak leaf 35, HCA 14
SCHS 35, Four Corners 18
Braden River 33, Lakewood Ranch 14
Hilliard 40, PSFAS 20
Seminole Ridge 9, Forest Hill 7
Martin County 28, Jupiter 0
PS 18, Wolfson 14
Ribault 38, Stanton 7
Jensen Beach 17, Wellington 14
SJCD 45, RLCA 28
Sunset 29, EPA 16
Coral Reef 34, Hialeah Gardens 8
Coral Park 34, Varela 0
Miami Beach 36, Ferguson 6
ACHS 41, Palmer Trinity 0
Inlet Grove 56, BPVG 0
Duval Charter 32, Academy at the Lakes 0
Braddock 48, Southwest 6
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We have completed Week 2 of the high school football season.There were plenty of top performances and to honor those players who gave it their all on the gridiron, we are handing out game balls for the week to players we were able to see excel on the football field.Previously:...
We have completed Week 2 of the high school football season.
There were plenty of top performances and to honor those players who gave it their all on the gridiron, we are handing out game balls for the week to players we were able to see excel on the football field.
Thursday Night Football:ECS, Canterbury, Ida Baker, and Estero capture Thursday night high school football wins
LJ Blackwell, ECS: He gained 157 yards rushing on 24 carries with a 2-yard touchdown run and caught two passes for 30 yards in a win over Moore Haven.
Bryan Daniels, Barron Collier: The Cougars' running back had 170 yards rushing and two scores against Palmetto Ridge.
Jason Duclona, Estero: The senior had four catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns against East Lee and added three carries for 23 yards.
Gervaris Leaphart, Island Coast: Leaphart had more than 130 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns as the Gators picked up a 24-21 win over Everglades.
Jaxon McArdle-Sykes, Oasis: He threw a touchdown pass to Chris Moorhead, ran for a score, and caught a TD pass from Parker Smith in the Sharks' loss to Out-of-Door.
Jordan Rizzo, Ida Baker: Rizzo scored three touchdowns, two on the ground, including a 64-yard run, and hauled in a 14-yard scoring reception against Bonita Springs.
Lazaro Rogers, Gateway Charter: The Griffin running back had 258 yards on 18 carries and touchdowns of 66 and 33 yards and scored once on defense, returning a fumble 40 yards.
Leroy Roker, Canterbury: Roker finished with 212 yards on 20 carries and the Cougars' only touchdown in a win against SFCA Thursday.
Josiah Sessler, Bonita Springs: He carried 37 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns Thursday and also passed for 41 yards and another score against Ida Baker.
Trannon Villarreal, Immokalee: Villareal marched his squad down the field in big moments and finished the game with over 200 rushing yards on 21 carries, and both of Immokalee’s touchdowns in a 20-17 win over Golden Gate.
ECS 28, Moore Haven 15
Canterbury 10, SFCA 6
Estero 35, East Lee 0
Ida Baker 48, Bonita Springs 24
St. Thomas Aquinas 42, Fort Myers 0
Venice 12, Naples 11
Bishop Verot 33, Lehigh 16
Dunbar 17, North Fort Myers 8
Island Coast 24, Everglades 21
Gateway Charter 47, North Port 32
Immokalee 20, Golden Gate 17
Gulf Coast 14, Lely 0 (Game final in 2Q)
Mariner 10, DeSoto County 7
Out-of-Door 51, Oasis 29
Barron Collier 35, Palmetto Ridge 8
Tampa Catholic 72, Cypress Lake 0
East Lee at Mariner, 10 a.m. (Continuation of Aug. 26, 8-0 Mariner at halftime)
Cape Coral at Gateway, 10 a.m.
Marco Island at LaBelle, 10 a.m.
North Fort Myers at South Fort Myers
Dunbar at Bishop Verot
Bartow at Golden Gate
Cambridge Christian at CSN
Canterbury at Oasis
Cape Coral at Bonita Springs
Cardinal Mooney at First Baptist
Cypress Lake at Estero
Fort Myers at Riverdale
Ida Baker at Mariner
Island Coast at East Lee County
LaBelle at Poinciana
Lake Brantley at Palmetto Ridge
Lemon Bay at Gateway
Monsignor Pace at Lely
Port Charlotte at Gulf Coast
St. John Neumann at Bishop McLaughlin
SFCA at Bradenton Christian
Gateway Charter at ECS, 7:30 p.m.
Immokalee at Naples, 7:30 p.m.
Lake Gibson at Lehigh, 8 p.m. ESPNU
OFF: Barron Collier, Marco Island
A roundup of high school football games in Southwest Florida in Week 3 on Sept. 9, 2022:Dunbar 44, Bishop Verot 27: The Tigers staved off Verot's upset bid by scoring 31 unanswered points to stay undefeated (3-0).Bishop Verot super sophomore QB Carter Smith threw two touchdown passes to put the Vikings (2-1) up 15-6 in the first quarter. However, Dunbar then scored five straight touchdowns over the next two quarters to take command.The Tigers accumulated 471 yards of offense, led by running back David Pe...
A roundup of high school football games in Southwest Florida in Week 3 on Sept. 9, 2022:
Dunbar 44, Bishop Verot 27: The Tigers staved off Verot's upset bid by scoring 31 unanswered points to stay undefeated (3-0).
Bishop Verot super sophomore QB Carter Smith threw two touchdown passes to put the Vikings (2-1) up 15-6 in the first quarter. However, Dunbar then scored five straight touchdowns over the next two quarters to take command.
The Tigers accumulated 471 yards of offense, led by running back David Perkins with 143 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.Smith was sharp for Verot. He had 322 passing yards and three touchdowns. Charles Watts had seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings.
Naples 28, Immokalee 0: This one was a surprise in Southwest Florida. Not that Naples won, but that they didn't win by more.
The host Golden Eagles (2-1) led 21-0 in the first quarter. The rest of the way the game was essentially even. Avoiding a running clock was a huge victory for Immokalee, a team that won two games total the past two seasons and had to be an FHSAA independent last season because it didn't have enough players.
Iowa commit Kendrick Raphael led Naples with 122 rushing yards. Immokalee quarterback Trannon Villareal rushed for 69 yards. Naples' defense has allowed just 11 points in three games this season.
North Fort Myers 38, South Fort Myers 0: The Red Knights overcame lengthy weatther delays to finally get their offense going.
North Fort Myers (2-1) had scored just two offensive touchdowns in the first two games this season. However, the Knights scored four on Friday -- two on the ground and two in the air.
Bo Summersett, committed to Florida A&M, rushed for 49 yards and a TD and also threw a touchdown on a fake punt.
North QB Bryce Duross threw a TD to Jaiden Jones and also ran in a score. The Knights' fifth touchdown came on an interception return from Rontres Johnson.
Fort Myers 28, Riverdale 0: The Green Wave did all their scoring before halftime, which was good because weather caused this game to end shortly into the second half.
Already up 2-0 after Riverdale snapped the ball out of its own end zone, Fort Myers scored on a La'ern Bonelli run on its first offensive possession. Bonelli also had a 60-yard touchdown catch from QB Chris McFoley.
McFoley threw for 165 yards and two touchdowns. The second one was caught by Madrid Tucker, son of former MLB player Michael Tucker. Ricardo Noel had a rushing TD.
Estero 31, Cypress Lake 16: After ending last season with five straight wins, and the program's first district title in two decades, Estero has started this year by winning three straight.
The game was tied 10-10 in the third quarter when senior Jason Duclona, committed to Rutgers, returned a kickoff 49 yards to put the Wildcats up for good.
Malik Allen rushed for 178 yards as Estero had 264 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. The Wildcats defense kept Cypress Lake out of the end zone. The Panthers' only touchdown came on an interception return by Marqual Harrell.
First Baptist 28, Cardinal Mooney 27 (OT): Visiting Cardinal Mooney went for the win rather than a second overtime, but First Baptist's defense broke up a 2-point conversion attempt on the final play to earn the win.
Mooney (1-2) led 21-14 in the fourth quarter when FBA's Jaden Booker scored to force overtime. The Lions got the ball first in overtime to go up 28-21. Mooney scored on its OT possesion and went for two. Lions' defensive backs broke up the potentially game-winning pass and FBA moved to 2-1.
Ida Baker 31, Mariner 28 (OT): This game went back-and-forth over the course of four hours, thanks to multiple lightning delays. It finally came to an end when Jaden Danis kicked a 21-yard field goal in overtime to give Baker the victory.
Kaden Stengel had a touchdown run for Baker that tied the game in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs' Mike McDonald had a 75-yard kickoff return TD in the second half after Mariner had gained the lead.
Mariner was led by Justin Lewis, who caught a touchdown pass, threw a touchdown pass, and had an interception on defense.
Bartow 28, Golden Gate 21 (OT): Bartow quarterback Kaleef Valentine scored the game-winner in the first overtime, then the Yellow Jackets' defense held Golden Gate out of the end zone to secure the win.Host Golden Gate forced OT when quarterback Brian Bachmann scored on a 30-yard run in the fourth quarter, then added the 2-point conversion to tie the game. Bachmann ran for two touchdowns.
Southwest Florida Christian 37, Bradenton Christian 21: SFCA quarterback Eli Moore is one of the most prolific passers in Southwest Florida. But on Friday, he got it done with his legs.
Moore ran for all five SFCA touchdowns, finishing the night with 190 yards on the ground. That's in addition to his 245 passing yards.
Bradenton Christian led 14-13 at halftime after scoring on a blocked punt at the end of the second quarter. However, the King's and Moore were too much in the second half.
Evangelical Christian 34, Gateway Charter 0: This game was ended early due to weather, but the Sentinels' offense did plenty of damage before then.
New running back L.J. Blackwell rushed for 108 yards, his third 100-yard performance in as many games this season. Quarterback Tanner Helton completed 13 of 17 pases for 198 yards. Jack Shuker caught two touchdowns for ECS, including a 77-yarder in the second half.
Cambridge Christian 17, Community School 13: Cambridge Christian stuffed the Seahawks at the goal line on the game's final play to move to 3-0.
Community School led 10-0 after a touchdown run by Tariq Morame and a field goal by Brandon Cruz-Diaz. However, Cambridge Christian fought back, and now the Tampa team has more wins than it did all of last season.
Lake Brantley 56, Palmetto Ridge 0: Playing at home, Palmetto Ridge suffered its second straight loss. The Bears have managed just eight points total the past two games. Lake Brantley, which made the playoffs in Class 8A last season, held Palmetto Ridge to 44 yards of offense on Friday.
St. John Neumann 57, Bishop McLaughlin 0: The Celtics (1-1) drove more than three hours and earned their first win of the year in convincing fashion.
Neumann led 20-0 after the first quarter, which included a 77-yard touchdown run by Evan Odom. The Celtics also returned a fumble for a score in the opening period.
The visiting team scored 25 more points in the second quarter, including a 25-yard run by Odom, to go up 45-0 at the half.
Poinciana 34, LaBelle 14: The game was close early before Poinciana scored 20 points in the third quarter to take control. LaBelle, which traveled more than two hours to Kissimmee for the game, fell to 1-2. Poinciana improved to 2-1.
Q: Just wondering if you know the plans for the Wilson expansion?— Fern Dy, NaplesA: Plans have not been finalized yet for the proposed extension of Wilson Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates, but three different route options are on the table and there’s always the “no-build” option, meaning that the route would not be extended, said Trinity Scott, Collier County’s Growth Management deputy department head.Wilson Boulevard is a north-south route that intersects Immokalee Road and Golden Gate Bo...
Q: Just wondering if you know the plans for the Wilson expansion?
— Fern Dy, Naples
A: Plans have not been finalized yet for the proposed extension of Wilson Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates, but three different route options are on the table and there’s always the “no-build” option, meaning that the route would not be extended, said Trinity Scott, Collier County’s Growth Management deputy department head.
Wilson Boulevard is a north-south route that intersects Immokalee Road and Golden Gate Boulevard but ends at a canal more than a mile south of Golden Gate Boulevard. An open house meeting last month presented potential locations of the county’s proposal to extend Wilson south over a canal and then west through a rural area to connect it to the eastern end of City Gate Boulevard near the Paradise Coast Sports Complex.
Although the local long-range transportation plan determines the extension is needed to improve connectivity in the fast-growing region, the proposal is still early in the government process, so not only have start and stop dates not been determined but the project is estimated to be more than five years out and it’s still unfunded, Ms. Scott said.
The process includes zeroing in on a specific route and road design this summer and autumn with a second meeting still to be announced. A third meeting this fall or winter will review final recommendations and conclusions.
Wilson Boulevard will be widened from two to four lanes from Immokalee Road to Golden Gate Boulevard but the proposed route for the extension of Golden Gate Boulevard South would be two lanes on a four-lane footprint. All three roughly 9-mile options would connect the boulevard to Tobias Street on the other side of the canal, but each alignment greatly differs from that point and are still drawn fairly general, rather than specific. The north alignment shows Tobias connecting to Keane Avenue and then Garland Road to City Gate. The central alignment has Tobias extended south to connect with Markley Avenue and then City Gate. The south alignment extends Tobias south to a new corridor through the property the county bought two years ago from Dr. Francis Hussey and then connects to White Lake Boulevard and eventually to City Gate.
Infrastructure must be improved to meet the needs of current residents, let alone the needs of the county’s future population, expected to more than double over time, especially in the eastern section, said Collier County Commissioner Bill McDaniel, whose district includes the proposed route. “Stay engaged. There’s more to come,” Mr. McDaniel said.
Citizens will be able to peruse the recent open house information online, said Lorraine M. Lantz, a county principal planner. “All the documentation that was here we are going to put on our website, so are the transportation planning and studies are there,” she said.
Burger Build Back Better King
Q: Do you know what’s going on with the Burger King off Airport Road in East Naples that was just demolished? Building a new one or something completely new there? Thanks so much.
— Misty DiPalma, Naples
A: Questions continue to pour in about disappearing Burger King restaurants in the Naples area. Another two months, another Burger King is being redeveloped. The locations and questions change but the answers don’t.
The latest one in the industrial park area off Airport-Pulling Road may have elicited the most inquiries but questions are still being asked about the BK off Dudley Drive, which most folks see from busy Pine Ridge Road.
Demolition began last week of the longtime location at 1011 Airport-Pulling Road on the corner of Airport and Domestic Avenue. Barring any issues, the new Burger King restaurant is targeted to open there in early October, said Robin Kendall, director of engineering and design for Quality Dining Inc. (QDI), the Indiana-based company that operates six of the eight Burger King franchises in Collier and more than 100 Burger King restaurants in Florida.
The BK location that was demolished in May at 6565 Dudley Drive, near the intersection of Interstate 75 and Pine Ridge Road, is targeted to reopen by mid-August, Mr. Kendall said.
The fast-food redevelopment projects are more than just cosmetic changes. The addition of a second lane for ordering fast food enables faster service and definitely creates an uptick in business for the newand improved restaurants, Mr. Kendall said. “Every store we do sees an improvement,” he said.
The BK franchise in East Naples is the fifth one to be razed and then rebuilt in Collier County in the last few years. In addition to recent site work off both Airport and Pine Ridge roads, the QDI franchisee demolished and rebuilt Burger King restaurants with double drive-thru lanes and infrastructure improvements at 1260 N. 15th St. in Immokalee, at 12651 Tamiami Trail E. in East Naples’ Freedom Square, and at 5055 Golden Gate Parkway in Golden Gate.
QDI does not have a plan yet to redevelop its Burger King at 9271 Tamiami Trail N. in Naples Park, Mr. Kendall said. That franchisee does not own the Burger King locations at 2427 Tarpon Bay Blvd., off Immokalee Road in North Naples, or the one in Walmart at 6650 Collier Blvd. in East Naples.
Q: What is coming to the building next to Hobby Lobby in the Triangle Boulevard area of East Naples?
— Susan L., East Naples
A: Mattress Firm is taking the majority of the building between Outback Steakhouse and Hobby Lobby for a 4,000-square-foot showroom in Triangle Plaza at Triangle Boulevard and U.S. 41 East. The Houston based company for the mattress retailer has at least six other locations in Collier County and about 2,300 nationwide.
Built on spec in 2018 by Stock Development, a second unit is still available in the 6,000-square-foot building at 9967 Triangle Blvd. Trinity Commercial Group is negotiating with a second retailer for the remaining 1,965-square-foot space in that building, said Tony Mangione, a TCG principal.
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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – If you’re tired of the construction on Coral Ridge Drive in Coral Springs, you’ll have to live with it for another year or so.The 4.8-mile road improvement project on Coral Ridge Drive from Southgate Boulevard to Wyndham Circle is scheduled to be completed in late 2022, said Guillermo Canedo, communications manager for Florida Department of Transportation (District 4), which is overseeing the project.The good news: the work to widen the roadway for 6-foot bicycle lanes, construct sidewalks ...
CORAL SPRINGS, FL – If you’re tired of the construction on Coral Ridge Drive in Coral Springs, you’ll have to live with it for another year or so.
The 4.8-mile road improvement project on Coral Ridge Drive from Southgate Boulevard to Wyndham Circle is scheduled to be completed in late 2022, said Guillermo Canedo, communications manager for Florida Department of Transportation (District 4), which is overseeing the project.
The good news: the work to widen the roadway for 6-foot bicycle lanes, construct sidewalks at existing gaps, and reconstruct sidewalk ramps is ahead of schedule – it was supposed to be done in early 2023, he said.
According to the transportation department, one lane in each direction will be closed, intermittently, along the stretch for the duration of the project between 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, for “concrete demolition, signalization, and curb and gutter operations, and roadway widening operations.”
So far, Canedo said, “excavation, material placement and compaction for the roadway widening has been completed.”
He added: “Structural asphalt for roadway widening is currently being placed. Signalization work is ongoing. The placement of the final asphalt layer as well as roadway striping, sign installation, swale grading, and sod restoration is still pending.”
The $7.6 million project, which started in mid-March, has had no setbacks related to the global-supply problem, he said.
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