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Altoona stuns State College for first district title in 18 years

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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.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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