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High school playoffs

The North Sequoia League flexed its muscles early in the 2014 Central Section playoffs. Overall, four of the six members of the NSL are still competing for a section title.

Kerman (7-4) thumped Exeter (4-7) 45-8. Kerman is seeded No. 8 in Division IV. In Division V play, Sierra easily defeated the Woodlake Tigers 27-6 in Tollhouse. Woodlake had five turnovers, including four interceptions from junior quarterback Eric Schwartz.

Sierra’s all-everything Brent Smith was all over the field. He threw for three TDs, intercepted two, and kicked four extra points. Sierra, 8-3 under first year coach Rick Jackson, will now go on the road to face No. 4 seed Mendota.

The Chieftains will be motivated having lost to the Aztecs 18-13 in this season’s opening game for both teams. Mendota is tough at home not losing a game this season. The 8-3 Aztecs blanked Orosi (4-7) 24-0 last week.

Meanwhile in D-IV, the No. 1 ranked Liberty Hawks (10-0), hosts No. 14 Kerman after having a bye in the first week of playoffs. The Lions gave Liberty a bit of a scare on Halloween but still lost 34-16. The Hawks were the highest scoring team in the Central Section (52 points per game) including an 83-7 win against Yosemite.

The No. 5 ranked Redskins of Chowchilla (6-4) travel to Golden West (6-4) in Visalia.

In fact, most of the teams YHS faced this year are still in the playoffs. Let’s review. Sierra Pacific (8-3), seeded No 3 in D-VI, ran over No. 6 Frazier Mountain of Lebec 38-14. The Falcons are 1-10 overall.

How a team gets into the playoffs winning one game is beyond me. Why didn’t Minarets (1-9) get an invite?

Roosevelt (6-5) crushed McLane (3-8) 47-12. Roosevelt is seeded No. 6 in D-IV. In D-V, the No. 8 seed Corcoran (8-3) defeated No. 9 Bishop (6-5) 33-14. Talk about a long bus ride. MapQuest Bishop to Corcoran. It’s nearly 10 hours round trip.

And how about the Grizzlies of Mariposa who YHS scrimmaged along with Minarets on August 28?

Mariposa went 8-3 for the season and just defeated Amador 14-7 in the first round of the D-V Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

Here’s the bottom line. Yosemite played one of the toughest schedules in Division V. Eight of the 10 teams on the Badgers regular season schedule made the playoffs. All of those had a winning record. Only Selma (4-6) and Washington Union (3-7) had losing records. The overall record of Badger opponents, including Mariposa in 2014: 76-41.

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