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Tollette "Tonka" George led the Karr Cougars to the Class 4A state finals last month, and the senior is ready to take his game to the next level.

The Karr Cougars reached the Class 4A state finals last season with an offense that was powered by QB Tollette George, a slippery, 5-foot-10, 170-pound dynamo who is widely-known as "Tonka."

"I threw for over 3,000 yards last year," said George, who could also project as either a wide receiver or defensive back in college. "I accounted for 35 total touchdowns and set the Class 4A state championship game record for passing yards. I also ran for over 700 yards.

"My thoughts on the season were: I feel like we did a very good job as a whole. Every player played their hearts out, and hopefully the team next year can win state."

The Cougars knocked off some stout competition on the road to the Superdome. During the regular-season, Karr toppled Class 5A schools Archbishop Shaw (West Bank rival), Jesuit (5A semifinalist), and Higgins (West Bank rival and playoff team).

Moreover, Karr swept through its district, defeating two highly-talented clubs: O. P. Walker (with five-star DT Anthony Johnson & heavily-recruited CB Cortez Johnson) and McDonogh #35 (WR Charles Henderson, DB Devon White).

In the playoffs, George and his crew got past McDonogh #35 a second time and also eliminated an excellent Northside team that included star defensive tackle Tyler Porter. In the semis, Karr cooled off a red-hot Teurlings Catholic squad that had ousted Lutcher and Neville the previous two weeks.

"Louisiana Tech and Nicholls State are my two favorite schools," said George, who features a similar style of play as Nicholls commit Darnell Rachal.

In the state finals vs. Franklinton, George completed 26-of-40 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns. His two-point conversion run with 30 seconds remaining sent the game into overtime.

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