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For Gulf, thank God it’s Friday … Friday Karr

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Mon. September 14, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

NEW PORT RICHEY – How unlikely was it that Friday Karr would make arguably the biggest play in Gulf’s 43-22 win over River Ridge last week?

Consider the following:

A few weeks ago, the backup defensive lineman wasn’t even on the team.

“He was playing in the New Port Richey (Police Athletic League),” Bucs coach Jay Fulmer said.

Strange, but true.

Karr, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior, was on Gulf’s roster last year but was convinced by friends during the summer to join them in the NPR PAL.

“I,” Karr said, “thought I could do better (than Gulf).”

Before long, though, Karr missed the Bucs and he rejoined Fulmer’s squad the week of the team’s preseason game against Tarpon Springs. Karr played a little bit in Gulf’s regular-season opener, then made his splash against River Ridge.

With the Bucs leading just 29-22 midway through the fourth quarter and River Ridge in Gulf territory, Karr snatched a bobbled Royal Knights option pitch out of midair and raced 50 yards for a touchdown.

A little while later, Gulf was celebrating the “W.”

Besides that one play, Karr’s addition has been a boost for a Bucs (2-0) team that lacks depth.   

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