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MHSAA 1A Playoffs Quarterfinals preview: Simmons back in the driver's seat

Both the reigning North and South State champs are still in the hunt for a trip back to the championship, but both will be underdogs in the second round this Friday night.
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The MHSAA Class 1A Football Playoffs never lack drama, and the 2021 season has been no different. Both the reigning North and South State champs are still in the hunt for a trip back to the championship, but both will be underdogs in the second round this Friday night. Here's a look at all four games set for this weekend and what we can expect to see in each of them.

1A North

McEvans (9-2) at Tupelo Christian (9-2)

We don’t really know what to expect when McEvans travels to Tupelo for a showdown with the Eagles this week, except a good football game.

Tupelo Christian comes in riding a nine-game winning streak, and they haven’t really been tested since a 35-25 win over Biggersville back on Oct. 1. The Eagles feature an offense that revolves around quarterback Jake Prather, who has thrown for 1,115 yards and 12 touchdowns, tailback Emmanuel Randle, who has averaged nearly 100 yards a contest, and a defense that has allowed just three touchdowns over its last five games.

McEvans comes in having knocked off Smithville 32-0 in their playoff opener, which was their fifth win in a row going back to Oct. 8. They’ve averaged 41.2 points a game over that stretch.

Biggersville (9-2) at Simmons (11-0)

Perennial powerhouse Simmons comes in as the heavy favorite against the reigning 1A North Champions after missing most of last season due to COVID-19.

Led by 1A Mr. Football Vontrez Rush, the Blue Devils have out-scored their 11 opponents by a combined 572 to 26. Rush is the real deal — he has racked up 1,946 all-purpose yards and accounted for 30 touchdowns and doubles as the team’s best corner.

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