An undefeated regular season wasn't quite enough for the Lemoore High football team, while a lone loss didn't end up hurting Edison in Central Section football seedings announced Saturday.
Despite being one of only three 10-0 teams in the section, Lemoore was seeded second in Division II behind Ridgeview, a 9-1 champion of the South Yosemite League with only a loss to defending section and state Division I champ Bakersfield. Liberty-Madera Ranchos, the top seed in D-IV, and Kern Valley, the No. 2 seed in D-V, are the other unbeaten teams.
Lemoore, which defeated the only team to beat D-I top-seeded Edison (Sanger) as well as the No. 4 seed in D-I (Clovis), has a first-round bye and will host the winner between No. 7 Redwood and No. 10 Tehachapi in the quarterfinals.
Ridgeview's signature win came in a 42-21 thumping of D-I No. 2 seed Liberty-Bakersfield on Sept. 5. The Wolf Pack await the winner between No. 8 Tulare and No. 9 Sunnyside in the quarters.
There wasn't an undefeated team to snub in D-I, where Edison shook off a 15-14 loss to Sanger on Oct. 17 to wins its final three games and a share of the County/Metro Athletic Conference title to regain momentum heading into the seeding meeting. That was enough to give Edison the No. 1 nod in over Liberty and No. 3 Bakersfield.
Clovis North, the runner-up in D-I last season, was seeded fourth as the Tri-River Athletic Conference champion failed to land a top-three seed for the second straight year.
Edison, which assumed the favorite's role in D-I with a 15-14 win over Bakersfield on Sept. 5, begins pursuit of its sixth section title, and first since winning D-II in 2009, in the quarterfinals against the winner between No. 8 Central and No. 9 Centennial.
The other top seeds are Hanford in D-III, Liberty-Madera Ranchos in D-IV, Farmersville in D-V and Kennedy-Delano in D-VI.
Hanford (9-1) was given the top seed in D-III over East Yosemite League co-champ Mission Oak (8-2) despite a 24-13 loss to Lemoore in Friday's Milk Can game for the West Yosemite League title.
North Sequoia League champ Liberty-Madera Ranchos, bumped up to D-IV after winning D-V last season, will have homefield advantage over a field that also features second-seeded Central Valley Christian.
Farmersville is also favored to win a second straight section title, landing the top spot in D-V over Kern Valley after winning D-VI last year.
Kennedy, which went 4-48 during its first five varsity seasons, is a top seed for the first time, getting the nod ahead of Avenal, which finished in a five-way tie for the West Sierra League title.
Other defending champs are El Diamante (D-II), Dinuba (D-III) and Bakersfield Christian (D-IV).
The Miners, promoted to D-I, didn't enter the postseason field, per school district guidelines, after finishing 4-6. The Emperors, also promoted a division, are No. 3 in D-II and the Eagles, also promoted after a run to the CIF State D-IV championship last season, are No. 5 in D-III.
The playoffs begin Friday and continue with the quarterfinals Nov. 21, semifinals Nov. 28 and finals Dec. 5, except in six-team Division VI, which launches next week in the quarterfinals.
CENTRAL SECTION FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
No. 1 Edison bye
No. 2 Liberty-Bakersfield bye
No. 3 Bakersfield bye
No. 4 Clovis North bye
No. 5 Clovis vs. No. 12 Clovis East
No. 6 Bullard vs. No. 11 Buchanan
No. 7 Clovis West vs. No. 10 Frontier
No. 8 Central vs. No. 8 Centennial
No. 1 Ridgeview bye
No. 2 Lemoore bye
No. 3 Dinuba bye
No. 4 Sanger bye
No. 5 Memorial vs. No. 12 Porterville
No. 6 Independence vs. No. 11 Kingsburg
No. 7 Redwood vs. No. 10 Tehachapi
No. 8 Tulare vs. No. 9 Sunnyside
No. 1 Hanford bye
No. 2 Mission Oak bye
No. 3 Madera bye
No. 4 Tulare Western bye
No. 5 Bakersfield Christian bye
No. 6 South vs. No. 11 Highland
No. 7 Wasco vs. No. 10 North
No. 8 Golden Valley-Bakersfield vs. No. 9 Fresno
No. 1 Liberty-Madera Ranchos bye
No. 2 Central Valley Christian bye
No. 3 Cesar Chavez-Delano bye
No. 4 Golden West bye
No. 5 Chowchilla bye
No. 6 Roosevelt vs. No. 11 McLane
No. 7 Coalinga vs. No. 10 Madera South
No. 8 Kerman vs. No. 9 Exeter
No. 1 Farmersville bye
No. 2 Kern Valley bye
No. 3 Immanuel bye
No. 4 Mendota vs. No. 13 Orosi
No. 5 Sierra vs. No. 12 Woodlake
No. 6 Caruthers vs. No. 11 Dos Palos
No. 7 Fowler vs. No. 10 Firebaugh
No. 8 Corcoran vs. No. 9 Bishop
No. 1 Kennedy bye
No. 2 Avenal bye
No. 3 Sierra Pacific vs. No. 6 Frazier Mountain
No. 4 Riverdale vs. No. 5 California City