Kern County football teams earned the top seed in three of the Central Section's six playoff divisions when section commissioners determined seeds Saturday morning in Porterville.
Garces (9-1) got the nod -- and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs -- in Division II, Ridgeview (8-2) in Division III and Wasco, the section's only 10-0 team, in Division IV.
All three teams have byes in Friday's first round, in which all games will start at 7 p.m. The quarterfinals will be Nov. 16, with semifinals Nov. 23 and section championships Nov. 30.
Only one local team will have a bye in Division I -- that's Southwest Yosemite League champion Frontier, which is seeded third behind No. 1 Clovis and No. 2 Clovis North. The Titans (7-3) will play either No. 6 Fresno-Edison or No. 11 Clovis West in the quarterfinals.
Bakersfield (8-2) is the No. 5 seed and opens Friday at home against No. 12 Clovis East. Also at home are No. 7 Stockdale (5-5) against No. 10 Fresno-Bullard, and No. 8 Liberty (6-4) against No. 9 Clovis-Buchanan.
Tehachapi seemingly was in the running for the top seed in Division II until it lost 21-7 to Garces on Friday night. Instead, the Warriors (8-2) fell to the No. 6 seed and will open against No. 11 West, which lost 34-29 to the Warriors during the regular season.
Independence (5-5) and South (7-3) drew the Nos. 4 and 5 seeds in Division III and will face each other in the quarterfinals after both have bye weeks.
In Division IV, Wasco, ranked No. 4 in Cal Hi Sports' Southern California Division III poll, will open with a familiar foe: South Sequoia League compatriots Chavez and Arvin play in the first round for the right to face the Tigers.
Two more SSL teams, Bakersfield Christian (8-2) and Shafter (6-4), are the No. 3 seeds in Divisions IV and V, respectively. Both teams have first-round byes.