Senior Jorge Garcia #23 has emerged as the featured back in the Warriors infamous Wing-T offense. Garcia has rushed for 1,175 yards this season (8.1 yards per carry) on 145 carries.
Garcia leads the Warriors with 17 TD's. The Warriors hope Garcia can lead Tehachapi deep into the valley playoffs which begin on Friday night, November 9. Photo by Michael Duffy, The Tehachapi News.

Playoff Brackets To Be Released Saturday
Warriors Aiming For High Seed

Posted by on October 29, 2012

Warrior football in the playoffs isn't any big news. Tehachapi will be entering the playoffs for the 17th straight season in 2012. The challenge the past few years has been the promotion to Division II, where larger high schools and private schools provide a higher level of competition.

Win or lose Friday night against Garces, the Warriors will enter the valley playoffs in the DII classification for the third year in a row. In 2010, the Warriors ran the table with four straight wins to capture a CIF title. Last year, Tehachapi was awarded a first round bye (as a #4 seed) and then defeated Sunnyside-Fresno in the quarter-finals. The 2011 Warriors season came to an end in the semi's as Garces defeated Tehachapi.

Defending DII champion Clovis North was promoted to Division I this year after defeating Garces last year in the championship game. That means the field is wide open for a new DII champion this year.

There will be a maximum of 14 teams eligible for the Division II tournament --- with no guarantee all will participate (example: North Bakersfield is 0-9). Garces or Tehachapi appear to be the clear cut favorite for the number #1 seed, depending on who wins Friday night. A victory over Garces by the Warriors and a #1 seed assures Tehachapi of homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

If the Warriors lose to Garces, and the final score is close, Tehachapi will probably earn a top four seed. If Garces blows out the Warriors, Tehachapi could be seeded someplace between #5-8. Here are some of the teams looking for high seeds #1-8 in the tournament:

Garces (8-1; 4-0 in SEYL) ... at Tehachapi this week.

Tehachapi (8-1; 4-0 in SEYL) ... plays Garces this week.

Sanger (7-2; 3-1 in CMAC) ... at San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno this week.

Redwood-Visalia (7-2; 4-1 in WYL) ... plays Mt. Whitney-Visalia this week.

Kingsburg (7-2; 2-1 in CSL) ... plays Selma this week.

Sunnyside-Fresno (6-3; 4-0 in NYL) ... plays Bullard-Fresno this week.

Lemoore (6-3; 4-1 in WYL) ... plays Hanford this week.

El Diamante-Visalia (6-3; 4-1 in WYL) ... at Golden West-Visalia.

San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno (4-5; 2-2 in CMAC) ... plays Sanger this week.

Central Section Commissioner Jim Crichlow and company will do all the seedings this Saturday at the CIF offices in Porterville. When records are identical, or things get a little tough, there are several key factors to consider:

* Overall record

* Head to head competition

* Strength of schedule

* Record vs common opponents

The first two criteria on the list are easy to decipher, its the strength of schedule and record vs common opponents factors that get a little dicey.

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