ALTOONA — It’s been nearly two full years since Southern Columbia was seriously challenged in a game. In the 2018 District 4 championship game, the Tigers led Mount Carmel by just five points at halftime, before Gaige Garcia returned the second half kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, which greatly shifted the momentum of that game, which Southern would go on to win 39-14.

That game, just two days shy of exactly two years ago on Saturday, was the last time Southern didn’t win with the mercy rule being invoked, and was the last time the Tigers had a single-digit lead at halftime until Saturday.

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