ATHERTON -- The Sacred Heart Prep defensive unit is putting together quite a string of outstanding performances.
The Gators beat Burlingame 10-0 on Friday in both teams' PAL Bay Division openers. It's their third consecutive shutout and extends their scoreless-quarter streak to 14.
Sacred Heart Prep (5-0 overall) hasn't allowed a point since Mountain View kicked a second-quarter field goal Sept. 7 in a game that ended 27-3 in SHP's favor.
"This is the best defense we've had in my 10 years here," SHP coach Pete Lavorato said. "They're feisty. They're not real big, but I'll tell you what, they can run."
Burlingame (2-3) had 153 yards of total offense, including 126 yards rushing on 47 attempts as the SHP defense permitted less than 3 yards per carry.
"That's the best defense we've seen," Panthers coach John Philipopoulos said. "We were getting close a couple of times, but we just couldn't break that last tackle."
Sacred Heart Prep and Burlingame have a history of playing low-scoring, defensive-oriented games. Two years ago Burlingame came up with a goal-line stand in the final minute to preserve a 13-9 win. Last year the Gators went 90 yards in the final minutes to pull out an 18-15 win. But this one was all defense and all Sacred Heart Prep.
The Gators drove for a touchdown on their first possession with quarterback Jack Donahoe scoring on a 14-yard run. They had a chance to extend their lead on their next possession, driving to the Burlingame's 3-yard line where defensive lineman Joe Johnson came up with a big stop on SHP running back Ryan Gaertner on fourth-and-2.
The defenses ruled from that point on. Both teams picked up first downs in the middle of the field but were rebuffed before they could advance into scoring territory.
Flyback Chris Lee led the Gators with 78 yards on nine carries. Keone Keahi, filling in for the injured Joe Mahe, led Burlingame with 91 yards on 17 carries.
The SHP defense has been getting contributions from numerous sources. Linemen Nikolai de Saint Andrieu, Patrick Finnigan and Kyle Schaul stood out against Burlingame. Lavorato was full of praise for linebacker Mike Covell and safeties Daniel Thaure and Noah Kawasaki.
"We have nine starters back," Lavorato said. "And we have some pretty good kids coming up. They're quick and smart, and they get to the football. You've got to earn your way down field.
"You can just feel it, the way they walk and the way they talk. They've got a little swagger."
SACRED HEART PREP 10, BURLINGAME 0
Burlingame 0 "0 "0 "0-- 0
Sacred Heart Prep 7 "0 "0 "3--10
SHP -- Donohoe 14 run (Spillane kick)
SHP -- Spillane 25 FG
Records -- Burlingame 2-3, 0-1; Sacred Heart Prep 5-0, 1-0.