BURLINGAME -- With a boost from players getting healthy, the Burlingame High football team has finished its regular season on a roll.

The Panthers won their third in a row Saturday and did so in emphatic fashion, beating rival San Mateo 41-13 in the 85th Little Big Game.

Burlingame (5-5) was a battered outfit at midseason, with a number of key players out with injuries. Fullback Joe Mahe was one of those, watching in street clothes because of an ankle injury as Burlingame was shut out twice during a three-game losing streak.

Mahe is back now and against San Mateo was the top offensive player on the field. He rushed for 169 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Panthers had an easy time of it, extending their lead in the series to 49-32-4.

"He told me, 'Give me the ball, coach.' I listened to him," Burlingame coach John Philipopolous said. "He runs hard and runs with pads low. I kept giving him the ball. Every week he's been getting better and better."

Burlingame has won three in a row, scoring 103 points in those wins. The Panthers, from the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division, dominated the line of scrimmage against PAL Lake member San Mateo. Burlingame outgained San Mateo 369-104 on the ground, averaging more than 7 yards per carry while limiting the Bearcats to just over 3 yards per carry.

"Hopefully we take it into next week," Philipopolous said, in reference to the Central Coast Section playoffs.

Mahe had 104 yards rushing in the first half as Burlingame opened a 20-0 lead. A nice time to have his best game.

"This is a very special moment," Mahe said. "It's not a game to remember for two days. This was a game to remember for life."

Mahe got the scoring started with a 2-yard TD run in the first quarter. Keoni Keahi's 14-yard run made it 13-0 in the second quarter, and quarterback Kevin Navas' first completion of the game went for a 51-yard touchdown to Evan Struck and made it 20-0 at halftime.

Both of Burlingame's pass completions went for touchdowns, as Navas connected with Mahe on a 7-yard TD pass in the third quarter.

Larry Campbell set up the first San Mateo touchdown with a 90-yard kickoff return. Campbell caught seven passes for 67 yards. Kevin Garcia-Rodela had 75 yards rushing for San Mateo (5-5) and scored a touchdown.

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