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Gators foiled by turnovers penalties in football loss


They hauled in a generator and fired up the lights at Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton on Friday -- but it wasn't worth the bother. The Gators were not ready for prime time.

Sacred Heart threw a couple of interceptions (one on a fake punt attempt), surrendered two long passing scores, and gained only 69 yards rushing in a 28-17 loss to Burlingame. Next up? A showdown with neighborhood rival Menlo School, and it's not going to get much easier.

"Burlingame made the big plays, and we hurt ourselves," said Sacred Heart coach Mark Grieb, whose team fell to 1-3, 2-6. "It's hard to win when you give up the ball like that."

SHP also drew nine penalties for 70 yards, among them two unsportsmanlike conduct calls. And that's quite uncharacteristic for the Gators.

"We talk all the time about poise, and now we have to figure out what happened," Grieb said. "I think we might have been all amped up, playing at home under the lights and with the big crowd and all that. We just didn't execute."

Sacred Heart's longest play from scrimmage was for 32 yards -- a pass from Brad Yaffe to Dominic Cacchione late in the third quarter. That helped set up Yaffe's two-yard scoring run that brought the Gators to within 21-10.

And the home crowd got a jolt when Prep's Jack Donnelly undercut a Burlingame pass at the opponent's 40 and ran it in for a pick-six, to make it 21-17 early in the fourth quarter.

But the Panthers (1-3, 5-3) put the game away on the next drive, connecting on a 70-yard scoring pass to make it 28-17.

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