NEW PORT RICHEY — Gulf had not started 2-0 in more than a decade. Friday night Jay Fulmer and his Buccaneers did just that with a 44-7 win over River Ridge.
River Ridge senior fullback Trevor Shoun started the scoring on a 2-yard run in the first quarter. Gulf answered when Madison Burr hit Will Burbridge on a 22-yard touchdown and the Buccaneers went for two.
Gulf came out of halftime with a balanced attack. Adrian Golden finished with 85 yards rushing on nine carries and three scores. Tevin Gamble added 65 yards on 12 carries.
Stravros Arianas was the workhorse for the Royal Knights, carrying the ball 22 times for 83 yards.
Burr was sacked three times, but that didn't stop him from hooking up with several targets, including Cody Kleiner, David Ramirez and tight end Leon Orr.
Burr, who finished the game 14-of-21 with 307 yards and three touchdowns, threw a 95-yard touchdown pass to Gamble in the fourth quarter.
"I just felt good tonight and I was playing like it was my last game," Burr said. "When you get on the same page as your receivers anything can happen."