Legacy Bowl

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The 1986 Johnstown Vo-Tech Spartans won a District 6 Class AAAA title with an upset over Indiana. The Spartans won the Legacy Bowl 27 years later.

1986 Spartans win Legacy Bowl championship

The 1986 Johnstown Vo-Tech football team knocked down one obstacle after another and capped a magical season with the most unlikely of upsets 27 years ago.
Nearly three decades have passed, but the Spartans and their followers still know how to pull off a big win.

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Voting records smashed as Spartans eke narrow semifinals victory, meet Ramblers in final showdown

By: Mike Mastovich

The 1986 Johnstown Vo-Tech Spartans and 2000 Windber Ramblers have emerged as the inaugural Legacy Bowl finalists after a semifinal round that produced the highest voter turnout yet and took a couple dramatic turns in the final two days.
Vo-Tech and the 1979 Northern Cambria Colts combined to produce 122,378 votes, with a mere 254 votes separating the two. Johnstown Vo-Tech had 61,316 votes to Northern Cambria’s 61,062.
In the other semifinal, 1989 Bedford established the lead early and held the advantage until a Wednesday rush by Windber’s voters. The Ramblers pulled into the lead and maintained the advantage, 6,769 to 5,289.

Now, it's come down to the championship game... Don't forget to vote on the right sidebar.

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Colts crush Red Devils, Spartans rout Trojans as semifinals kick off

By: Mike Mastovich

And then there were four.
The Legacy Bowl semifinals are set.
Last week in the final round of quarterfinals, 1986 Johnstown Vo-Tech rolled up 7,816 votes to defeat 1958 Johnstown at 2,875.
The 1979 Northern Cambria team outdistanced 1995 Central Cambria, 1,215-124.
This week’s semifinal vote will last until 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Voting happens on the right sidebar.

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Legacy Bowl numbers on the rise as quarterfinals continue

By: Mike Mastovich

The results of the first two Legacy Bowl quarterfinal matchups produced the highest vote count to date – nearly 15,000 votes – and two interesting tallies.
The 1989 Bedford Bisons received the most votes in six weeks with 7,724 and outpointed the 1988 Johnstown Trojans, who had their own whopping total of 6,008.
The turnout might have been lower, but the 1994 Forest Hills Rangers and 2000 Windber Ramblers race was too close to call over the past few days, with the teams either even or within 25 votes of each other until Windber won 666-424.

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Colts set Legacy Bowl record; Quarterfinals up next

By: Mike Mastovich

The last preliminary round match ups ended with 1979 Northern Cambria posting a Legacy Bowl best 5,215 votes against 2012 Richland’s 1,086.
While the turnout was low, 1995 Central Cambria outpointed 2009 Bishop McCort 281-26.
The quarterfinals open with a pair of contests covering the decades of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. A Legacy Bowl quarterfinal bracket will appear in Monday’s Tribune-Democrat Sports section.

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1986 Johnstown Vo-Tech surpasses 4,000 votes in Legacy Bowl win

By: Mike Mastovich

Week 3 brought out a huge voter turnout.
The 1986 Johnstown Vo-Tech team collected 4,065 votes while 1943 Windber had 2,064 votes.
In the other matchup, 1958 Johnstown had 1,883 votes to 1972 Conemaugh Township’s 1,459.

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Bedford's bountiful ballots lead to Legacy Bowl win

By: Mike Mastovich

Week 2 included a great electronic vote turnout from 1989 Bedford Bisons supporters.
Bedford fans submitted 1,202 online votes as the Bisons outpointed the 1991 Forest Hills Rangers (735 votes) in their Legacy Bowl match up.

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Mike Mastovich: Week 1 matchups for Legacy Bowl

By: Mike Mastovich

JOHNSTOWN — The Tribune-Democrat’s Legacy Bowl kicks off with a pair of hypothetical matchups that present readers an opportunity to vote for the team they think is the best this area has seen.

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