By CALIFORNIAN STAFF REPORT
Spots in the final four of each Central Section football playoff division are on the line tonight across the Valley, including a championship-worthy battle in Division I.
Defending Division I champion and No. 5-seed Bakersfield (9-2) visits No. 4 Fresno-Central (9-2) in a matchup of teams that were state-ranked early in the season before each suffering two league losses. The winner will face the winner of No. 8 Liberty at No. 1 Clovis.
In the other half of the Division I bracket, it's No. 6 Fresno-Edison (8-3) at No. 3 Frontier (7-3), which comes in with a five-game winning streak; the winner of that will face either No. 10 Fresno-Bullard or No. 2 Clovis North.
Three top seeds from Kern County begin their playoff runs tonight.
In Division II, Garces (9-1) faces Kingsburg, which has a pedigree that doesn't fit its No. 8 seed. The Vikings are 9-2 and have won three straight section titles, one in Division IV and two in D-III. Also in Division II, No. 11 West (5-6), fresh off an upset at Tehachapi, hits the road again to face No. 3 Lemoore.
The top seed in D-III, Ridgeview, will face Delano, and the winner will form an all-Kern semifinal with the winner of No. 5 South at No. 4 Independence.
In Division IV, Wasco, the section's only unbeaten team, takes on No. 8 Arvin in a rematch of a South Sequoia League game the Tigers won 56-28. Two other SSL teams sports No. 3 seeds: Bakersfield Christian (8-2) will face Fowler in Division IV, while Shafter (6-4) plays host to Corcoran in Division V.
All games start at 7 p.m.