SARASOTA — St. Petersburg struck first in its preseason game against host Sarasota Riverview, but turnovers proved costly as the Green Devils lost 21-16 Friday.
After a Rams' miscue on a punt gave St. Petersburg the ball on the Riverview 28, Maurice Hemingway finished off a three-play touchdown drive.
The Rams later converted a Green Devils fumble into a tying 22-yard TD run by Dominic Martin.
In the second quarter, the Rams drove 86 yards in 10 plays for their second touchdown, a Martin-to-Richie James 20-yard strike.
St. Petersburg closed the gap to 14-10 as Sean Covington made a 41-yard field goal to close the half.
In the second half, the Rams took advantage of another Green Devil mistake. Martin threw a deep pass that was intercepted, but a roughing-the-passer call gave Riverview the ball back. Nine plays later Martin hit James again, this time from 18 yards out.
"We had too many mistakes and too many mental breakdowns," coach Joe Fabrizio said. "Give credit to Riverview, they put together a good game plan to take advantage of our weaknesses."
Anthony Foster scored on a 58-yard run for St. Petersburg.
Nathan Cowan, Times correspondent