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Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD Karr's Tyrin Ralph scores a touchdown against Neville's Jake Kelly in the Class 4A championship game last month.

Karr wide receivers Tyrin Ralph and Diamanté Woolridge played signature roles in the Cougars’ high-flying offense this past season.

The two will continue their college days together after committing to Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Thursday.

They are two of seven Karr football players who have made verbal commitments to colleges.

“Anytime you can send guys to Division I schools based off of their athletic abilities, it’s a blessed situation,” Karr coach Brice Brown said. “These seven guys that committed to universities this winter is just that. Hopefully, there’s more to come.”

Woolridge and Ralph have been teammates for just a year, but the two bonded immediately.

That chemistry both on and off the field is something both prospects are looking forward to building on as they become Golden Lions together.

“It’s great to know I have a high school teammate right beside me,” Woolridge said. “We have that on-field connection, and I’m willing to build that with others also.”

Ralph, who transferred from Miller-McCoy following the 2014 season after the New Orleans East school closed down, found the end zone twice in the Class 4A state championship game, including a 2-yard touchdown reception and a 17-yard rushing score.

“I’m looking forward to a good season together,” Ralph said. “We wanted to go to college together. We get to work out together and work hard together to achieve more now.”

Ralph finished his first season at the Algiers school with 37 receptions for 567 yards and seven touchdowns. He also was Karr’s return specialist and saw an expanded role in the backfield as the Cougars dealt with an array of injuries as the season went on.

Woolridge finished the season with 54 catches for 1,121 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Wrestling teams penalized

The Holy Cross wrestling team was fined $200 for allowing a wrestler to compete in two or more weight classes above his weight.

The violation broke Rule 26.6.5 in the LHSAA bylaws.

In addition to the fine, the team is placed on one-year probation and could face further penalties if the rule is violated again.

Meanwhile, the South Plaquemines wrestling team was also fined $200 for violation of a rule.

The penalty was given because South Plaquemines violated Rule 25.6.2 of the LHSAA bylaws which states that “each wrestler’s weight shall be monitored weekly on a weight loss plan not to exceed 1.5 percent a week.”

The student will be held out of all wrestling matches until he is on track to meet the descent rate of weight loss at 1.5 percent per week.