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Gladiators done in by three turnovers

His statistics were good — 24 of 35 for 319 yards and four touchdowns — but Gladiators quarterback Nick Rolovich also knows Sunday’s game could have been different if not for two costly turnovers.

His fumble in the second quarter and interception in the third period turned a competitive game into yet another Gladiators loss, this one 63-48 to the Nashville Kats on Sunday before about 3,000 fans at the Orleans Arena.

"That’s the difference in the game," Rolovich said. "With turnovers in this game, you can get one turnover and you can lose the game. You can have no turnovers and lose the game. It’s the most important part."

Wide receiver Terrance Quattlebaum’s fumble in the third quarter gave the Gladiators three turnovers, leading to 21 Nashville points.

Gladiators coach Danton Barto said his team, now 2-12 after the loss to Nashville (6-8), isn’t talented enough to overcome mistakes.

Once again, he disputed general manager Sam Jankovich’s assertion there are as many as 14 players for this team to build around for whoever replaces Barto after the season.

"Whoever comes in here (to be the next coach), this 14-player thing that I keep hearing, you guys (media) watch the games like I do," Barto said. "There’s a lot of work to be done here."

And, Barto said, not enough work was done this season. He took responsibility for signing most of this team, but criticized the club for mostly sitting pat when it came to scouring the waiver wires.

"I think the mental state’s been bad since you’re probably 1-8," Barto said. "You’re fighting that the whole time, and the only way to change that is to change the scenery around you by bringing in players. We’ve had the same roster all year, so there it is.

"You can’t just keep coaching and banging guys’ heads against the wall. You’ve got to get better players. That’s what this organization’s going to have to do next year — get better players."

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