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MHSAA 4A Playoffs Quarterfinal Preview: Are Poplarville, Louisville destined for a rematch?

Both the reigning North and South State champions are still alive, but both face huge tests this weekend.
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We're rolling towards the third round of the MHSAA Class 4A Playoffs like a runaway train, and that's how we like it. Both the reigning North and South State champions are still alive, but both face huge tests this weekend. Here's a look at all four of this week's Class 4A playoff games and what we can expect to see in each of them.

4A North

Senatobia (10-2) at Itawamba AHS (11-1)

The first game in the 4A North Playoffs is not a rematch from the regular season, so we don’t really know what to expect. But Senatobia and Itawamba AHS are two teams that are on a similar trajectory.

Senatobia comes in after beating Houston 48-30 in the opening round and going on the road to beat a great West Lauderdale team 27-22 in the second round last week. The Warriors finished the regular season with an 8-7 loss to Clarksdale, but have averaged 30.5 points over 12 games.

Itawamba comes in having knocked off Choctaw Central 28-14 in the first round and Ripley 30-9 in the second round. The Indians have one of the state’s very best two-way players in Isaac Smith, who has rushed for 914 yards and 21 touchdowns and caught 19 passes for 291 yards and five more scores.