Warrior defender Ty Curry #42 hauls down the East High quarterback in a game played earlier this season. Warrior fans
are hoping the Warrior defense can contain the explosive Garces Rams Friday night, November 8, in Bakersfield. A Warrior win could net a
high seed and a home field advantage in the post-season playoffs. Photo by The Bakersfield Californian.

Playoff Brackets To Be Released Saturday
Warriors Aiming For High Seed

Posted by thswarriors.com on November 7, 2013

One thing is for sure Friday night against Garces, win or lose, the Warriors will be back in the post-season playoffs again. Tehachapi will be entering the playoffs for the 18th straight season in 2013. 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.

This will be the fourth year that the Warriors have competed at the Division II level, a "reward" for dominating the South Sequoia League and winning Division III championships. In 2010, the Warriors ran the table with four straight wins to capture a CIF title, sealing their place at the DII level.

Last year, the Warriors were upset in the first round of the CIF playoffs at home against West High. In 2011, the Warriors defeated Sunnyside-Fresno in round one, but lost to Garces in the second round.

Garces is the defending Division II champion.

In 2013, there will be a maximum of 15 teams eligible for the Division II tournament --- with no guarantee all will participate (example: Hoover-Fresno is currently 0-9). Garces or El Diamante-Visalia appear to be the favorites for the number #1 or #2 seeds, depending on how things go Friday night? A Warrior victory will certainly shake up the mix. Another darkhorse for the #1 or #2 seed is Kingsburg. The Vikings are 8-1; 3-0 in league play. Kingsburg also had a 21-7 win over Exeter, a team that beat the Warriors way back in Week 1 of the season.

High seeds are important in the playoffs because it provides a home field advantage for the highest seeded team in each game. Here are some of the teams looking for high seeds #1-8 in the tournament:

El Diamante-Visalia (8-1; 5-0 in WYL) ... plays Golden West-Visalia.

Kingsburg (8-1; 3-0 in CSL) ... at Selma this week.

Garces (7-2; 4-0 in SEYL) ... at Tehachapi this week.

Tehachapi (7-2; 4-0 in SEYL) ... plays Garces this week.

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

Sanger (6-3; 2-2 in CMAC) ... plays San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno this week.

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

Lemoore (6-3; 3-2 in WYL) ... at Hanford this week.

San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno (6-3; 2-2 in CMAC) ... at 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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