ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — In a nail-biter right down to the very end, Altoona defeated State College 22-21 for the District 6 championship.
This is the first time that Altoona has won the matchup since 2002. The last time Altoona had the victory, most of the current roster wasn’t even born yet.
The first quarter was scoreless with a lot of punting on the fourth down from both teams. Altoona made their way down to the 13-yard line when they fumbled on the snap and State College recovered the ball.
This recovery ultimately led to a scoring drive after Nehemiah Howell ran the ball for 24 yards and scored later on after receiving a short pass from quarterback Conrad Moore, putting themselves on the board 6-0.
In the second half, State College came out firing with a 25-yard gain from Dresyn Green and a carry from Moore, taking the Little Lions down to Altoona’s 23-yard line. They made it to first and goal and Marcus Day scored on a three-yard run, expanding their lead to 13-0.
Later in the third, Altoona’s Aaron Carothers intercepted a pass from Moore and ran the ball down to the 14-yard line. A penalty against State College placed Altoona at the seven-yard line. Marcus Day ran the ball into the endzone and after a successful PAT, Altoona trails 13-7.
In the fourth, Dresyn Green ran the ball for the touchdown to give State College a bigger lead 21-7 after a successful two-point conversion.
In a comeback for the ages, Day ran the ball into the endzone again for another touchdown, Altoona suddenly trailing by one touchdown 21-14.
With a minute and a half to play, Altoona found themselves on the one-yard line and Day snuck the ball for another touchdown. Altoona decided to go for the two-point conversion and Kyle Pheasant took it for the counter. With about a minute left to play, Altoona took the lead 22-21.
State College had the ball on Altoona’s 34-yard line with 27 seconds left to play and one timeout remaining. As the clock ticked down, Altoona’s Jake Adams intercepted a pass from Moore, ending the game 22-21.
Adams said the interception left him speechless.
“I am just so happy/ If I would have dropped that [interception] I would have been so upset,” Adams said.
Altoona will now move on to state playoffs and State College’s season has come to an end.