The Altoona Mountain Lions scored a TD and converted a two-point conversion with 1:22 remaining to stun State College, 22-21, in the District 6 Class 6A championship game at Mansion Park.
Altoona sealed the victory with an interception with 22 seconds to go.
It is, as Michael Boytim of the Altoona Mirror points out, Altoona’s first district title since 2002.
It also marks a tremendous turnaround for the Mountain Lions under second-year coach Vince Nedimyer Jr.
Altoona went 1-9 last season and got clobbered by State College, 48-0.
How big of an upset was it? That’s always hard to tell in high school sports.
For what it’s worth, the Born Power Index website had this projection:
This year, the Mountain Lions turned things around in a huge way.
Some reaction from Twitter on the huge victory.
Altoona takes a 22-21 lead with 1:22 left on Kyle Pheasant run pic.twitter.com/rQZBd32Vh4
— Michael Boytim (@BoytimMichael) October 24, 2020
Huge win for Altoona. Congrats to Coach Nedimyer and the whole program! https://t.co/jR5AYuMups
— Garett Mansfield (@GarettMansfield) October 24, 2020
There is nothing like Altoona Football on a Friday night. The band coming in at 6:40, the atmosphere! Congrats @NedimyerVince and staff! Most importantly congrats to the players! Hard work pays off. #Altoonaproud https://t.co/UzQGLAhz3I
— Altoona Lady Lions Basketball (@AltoonaLion) October 24, 2020
On Altoona! Love to see it! https://t.co/1NsAsVpaKt
— Trevor Palfey (@TPALF14) October 24, 2020
— Mitchlawhead22 (@mitchlawhead22) October 24, 2020
Congratulations to the Altoona Mt. Lions football team for winning the District 6 6A Championship. Altoona defeated St. College by a score of 22-21. Altoona will play Williamsport at a neutral site next week. #AltoonaProud #GoMtLions
— Jaffa Shriners (@jaffashriners) October 24, 2020
— The Building II (@TheBuilding2) October 24, 2020
Altoona picks off a State College pass with :22 to go, and the Mountain Lions won this one 22-21. Great effort by the Maroon and Gray, and as always, we couldn’t be prouder of our Little Lions.
Congratulations and best of luck to Altoona moving forward.
— SC Athletics (@scasdathletics) October 24, 2020