The Lindsay High School football team had every reason to feel disrespected when the Central Section Division V seeds were announced.
The Cardinals went through the regular season with a 9-1 record and cruised to the East Sequoia League championship, and they were tagged with a No. 4 seed in the playoffs where a matchup against an unknown Kern Valley team loomed in the quarterfinals.
The Cardinals stayed true to their seed and knocked off No. 5 Kern Valley 28-20 to advance to the Division V semifinals for the second straight season.
Lindsay (10-1) will play at No. 1 Liberty Madera-Ranchos at 7 p.m. Friday.
Jacob Hernandez had a huge game to lead Lindsay to the victory.
The senior rushed the ball 17 times for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
He also had three receptions for 88 yards and two more touchdowns.
With the Cardinals trailing 12-0 in the second quarter, Hernandez scored his first touchdown on a 21-yard pass from Alex Jara.
He gave Lindsay a 14-12 lead at halftime with a 70-yard run.
No. 2 Porterville 61, No. 10 Madera 12: The Panthers advanced to the semifinals with a win over the Coyotes at Jacob Rankin Stadium.
Porterville quarterback Dennis Chester had a pair of touchdown runs and a touchdown pass.
No. 4 Wasco 42, No. 5 Exeter 28: The Tigers jumped out to a 28-0 lead, and held off the Monarchs in a quarterfinal game in Wasco.
Austin Cardoza had a team-high 119 yards rushing for Exeter (7-5) to go with a touchdown.
Monarch quarterback Javier Brito was 9-of-16 passing for 144 yards and two touchdowns.
Chad Zeiback had five catches for 66 yards and a score.
Brendan Washington hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass.