PHILADELPHIA, PA -
The Philadelphia Public League doesn't always get the attention it deserves in the world of high school athletics unless we're talking about Imhotep Charter. But on Saturday, Sam Karr, a senior running back from Abraham Lincoln High School, did something that deserves our attention. Karr carried the ball 21 times for 418 yards in the Lincoln Railsplitters 48-22 victory over the Washington Eagles. If you do the math, that comes out to almost 20 yards per carry, an incredible statistic. The mark of 418 yards sets a new Public League record which originally stood at 337, previously held by Bartram's Paul Northern for 22 years.
On one-third of Karr's carries, he crossed the goal line, accounting for all seven touchdowns for the Railsplitters on this day. His first couple touchdowns were somewhat short on distance – one and ten yards, respectively. Karr's third touchdown was a 33-yard scamper in which he received the pitch from his quarterback to the left, and then reversed fields and ended up all the way on the far right sideline, knifing through the entire Washington Eagle defense.
After halftime, Karr's running was even more spectacular. Before a 15-yard touchdown to start the half, Karr sprinted for 65 yards down the far sideline before being pushed out of bounds. Lincoln head coach Ed McGettigan kindly gave Karr the call after that long run to let him finish off the drive.
He followed that up on the next possession with an 80-yard touchdown run in which he broke not one, not two - but SEVEN tackles in the first 15 yards of his run before breaking free and busting it loose down the right sideline for the score.
Karr wasn't done making mincemeat of the Washington defense. After receiving a carry between the tackles, Karr made a couple juke moves, made one Eagle safety fall down and was off to the races again for a 55-yard touchdown.
To finish things off in the fourth quarter, he received another basic carry up the middle, broke two tackles near the line of scrimmage, and then shifted to the left and was off and running again. No defender could catch him and he crossed the goal line for a 50-yard touchdown, his final score of the game.
So with seven touchdowns to go along with two two-point conversions, Sam Karr accounted for 46 of his team's 48 points on the afternoon. While Karr set the record for rushing yards in a game in Philadelphia Public League history, he came up just two points shy of the record for most points scored in a Public League game, a record held by Bartram's Hector Scott who scored eight touchdowns in a game in 1982. In addition, Karr now ranks second all-time in city history with his rushing total, only trailing Germantown Academy's Reed Marko, who ran for 453 yards in 2007.
You can look at the numbers - 21 carries for 418 yards and seven touchdowns - and be impressed. But if you saw the highlights or were at Washington High School on Saturday afternoon and actually watched how Karr got to that yardage total, you would be DAZZLED.
Karr showed his speed, quickness, agility and toughness - especially on that 80-yard touchdown run where he broke seven tackles. Hopefully his highlight video from this game gets passed around to some college football coaches because Sammy Karr can flat out run the ball - he deserves a shot to play at the next level.
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