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4 x December 21, 2017 - January 3, 2018 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com TABLE OF CONTENTS SPORTS SPOTLIGHT ........................................................................... 5 Finished! FOODIE FOR THOUGHT .................................................................. 10 'Tis the Season For Treats HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS .............................................................. 12 26TH ANNUAL STORIES OF THE SEASON ........................................ 16 LAST-MINUTE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE .................................................. 34 TOURISM UPDATE ........................................................................... 37 IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ............................................................. 38 Join us in congratulating Dr. David Boers for being voted TOP DENTIST in Windermere 2016 by Orlando Family Magazine. Dr. Boers & Dr. Alford wish you a very Happy Holiday Season! NEWS & BUSINESS BRIEFS .............................................................. 42 COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD ....................................................... 44 SOUTHWEST SERVICE DIRECTORY ................................................... 46 PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER Rick V. Martin Remember when playing the Money Game was FUN? Are you relying on CHANCE to guide your business & personal financial decision-making? Let the professionals at John E. Russi, CPA, PA Accountants & Advisors assist you during these perilous economic times Providing Accounting • Tax Preparation • Tax and Financial Planning Payroll And Quickbooks Training Services. 7575 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Ste. 320 • Orlando, FL 32819 407-345-1191 • RussiCPA.com This information is not intended to provide tax, accounting or legal advice. As with all matters of tax or legal nature, you should consult your own tax or legal counsel for advice. December 21, 2017 Vol. XXXII, No. 4 P.O. Box 851 Windermere, FL 34786 407-351-1573 www.southwestorlandobulletin.com The Southwest Orlando Bulletin is published semimonthly by Cornerstone Publishing & Multi-Media LLC. No material may be reproduced without written permission. Subscriptions are available in the U.S. and Puerto Rico for $25.56 per year and in Canada for $31.80 per year. For foreign surface mailing, add $20 per year. Neither the publishers nor the advertisers are responsible or liable for typographical errors, misinformation, misprints, etc., unintentionally contained herein. All letters received become the property of Cornerstone Publishing & Multi-Media LLC and may be reproduced and edited without consent. ©2017/Cornerstone Publishing & Multi-Media LLC VICE PRESIDENT Yvette Martin MANAGING EDITOR Lisa Sagers EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Lauren Salinero CIRCULATION Robert Barlow CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kirsten Harrington, John Magrino MARKETING CONSULTANTS Madeline DeVito (407) 351-1573, option 1 mdevito@kearneypublishing.com Michelle Oakes 321-277-3467 michelle@cornerstonepublishinggroup.com Lindsay Richardson (407) 351-1573, option 2 lindsay@kearneypublishing.com

For 365 days, Dr. Phillips High School football was haunted by the demons that destroyed its dream of a state championship in 2016. But rather than succumb to them, the Panthers used them as motivation for redemption. Saturday night, Dec. 9, in the cold confines of Camping World Stadium, DPHS football exorcised those same demons, both individually and as a team, with a 17-7 victory over Delray Beach Atlantic Community High School to bring home its first football state championship in school history. One year ago, then-sophomore Cameron Williams was flagged for pass interference, which allowed Miami Southridge High School to continue a touchdown drive that led to its 14-10 victory over DPHS. Saturday night, Williams, now a veteran linebacker with 137 tackles this season, intercepted an Atlantic pass and returned it 8 yards for the game-sealing touchdown. One year ago, then-sophomore Jaquarri Powell intercepted a Southridge pass and was on his way to scoring a touchdown, but he was tripped up by a shoestring tackle, resulting in no points. During this year’s battle, Powell, an unquestioned team leader and captain, was an assassin on defense, registering seven tackles, including a crushing tackle on a fake punt and a fourthquarter sack for a 10-yard loss that effectively buried Atlantic’s bid for a comeback. One year ago, the Panthers saw a 10-point fourth-quarter lead evaporate in the span of two drives. This year, the football team grabbed a 10-point lead, added seven more and delivered the knockout blow on defense they had trained for and envisioned every single day for an entire year. Play by Play Coming into the game, the Panthers knew they had to stick to the game plan on both sides of the football. Offensively, they had to secure the football, sustain drives and take advantage of field position. Defensively, they had to create www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x December 21, 2017 - January 3, 2018 x 5 SPORTS turnovers, swarm tackle and prevent the big plays that had been a staple in Atlantic’s success this year. And it worked. While the offense did not put up eye-opening numbers, they didn’t need to. DPHS’s defense accounted for two touchdowns, held Atlantic deep in its own end of the field on eight of their 12 drives, and eliminated the Eagles’ rushing attack to just 19 yards on 34 carries. Midway through the opening quarter, Atlantic faced third and 1 at its 29 and handed off to their bruising fullback up the middle, but DPHS senior defensive tackle Brice Ingram met him in the hole and buried him for no gain to force a punt. That set the stage for junior linebacker Powell, who charged in untouched from the left side, blocked the Atlantic punt at the 20, scooped it up at the 9, and took it to the house to give DPHS a 7-0 lead. That was just the first of many highlights for Powell, who finished with 11 tackles, six of them for a loss, including three sacks. Atlantic was clearly shaken on its next drive. On second and 6 at the 34, DPHS senior defensive end Joe Gulla broke into the backfield and chased down the quarterback for a sack and a loss of 6 yards. One SPOTLIGHT Finished! The Panther Nation Celebrates DPHS Football’s First State Championship After winning its first football state championship, the Dr. Phillips High School Panthers give a moment of thanks. by John Magrino, DPHS Assistant Athletic Director play later, it was Powell again, tearing through the line and sacking the quarterback for a loss of 11, forcing the second of six first-half punts. Later in the second quarter, Powell drove the Atlantic quarterback into the turf again with a sack for a loss of 12 to force a punt that gave the Panthers possession at the Atlantic 44. DPHS senior Devodney Alford busted into the secondary for a 14- yard gain and senior quarterback BeSean McCray followed up with a 16-yard keeper for a first down at the 14. Alford carried again for a gain of 7, but the drive stalled two plays later, and senior kicker Sterling Stockwell split the uprights from 28 yards out to put the Panthers up 10-0 through the half. Atlantic had gained only 39 yards of total offense in the first half and virtually nothing on the ground, so the game plan for the second half was to get the ball in the hands of its talented receiving corps and use whatever tricks it had in its bag to establish some momentum. On its opening possession of the third quarter, that backfired. Facing fourth and 1 at its own 29, Atlantic faked the punt, but the back was drilled immediately by DPHS senior defensive tackle Christian Williams and Powell for no gain, giving the ball back to the Panthers on downs. Midway through the third quarter, Atlantic’s next offensive possession drove it into DPHS territory for CONTINUED ON PAGE 6