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Published Sep. 16, 2009

It wasn't Madison Burr or Leon Orr who made arguably the biggest play of the game for Gulf against River Ridge on Friday night.

It was a backup lineman named Friday Karr.

With the Bucs clinging to a 29-22 lead in the fourth quarter and River Ridge in Gulf territory, Karr snatched a bobbled Royal Knights pitch out of the air and raced 50 yards for a backbreaking touchdown.

Minutes later, Gulf was celebrating a tougher-than-the-score-appears 43-22 win.

"That was huge," Gulf coach Jay Fulmer said.

"I just caught it and started running," Karr said.

For what it's worth, Burr and Orr were their usual selves. Which is to say, they were awesome.

Burr, a heady senior quarterback, had a hand in five touchdowns for the Bucs (2-0). He passed for 135 yards and three scores while rushing for 99 yards and two more touchdowns.

Orr, a senior lineman committed to Florida, hauled in a 14-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter and later caught a two-point conversion pass. His night, however, ended in the third quarter when he sustained what is thought to be a high ankle sprain while attempting to catch a pass over the middle.

Until Karr's score, River Ridge (0-2) put up quite a fight.

The Royal Knights, who got solid production from running back Stavros Arianas (81 yards, two touchdowns) and quarterback Kenny Toce (114 yards passing), trailed 14-0 and 22-7 before scratching and clawing their way back. Arianas' 6-yard touchdown with 6:51 left made it 29-22, and River Ridge then recovered an onside kick.

"I was concerned," Fulmer said.

Karr ended the coach's worries.