Mart wins third consecutive 2A state championship

ARLINGTON, Texas (KWTX) Roddrell Freeman rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns, and Klyderion Campbell returned an interception for a touchdown in the Mart Panthers' 25-20 2A-II state championship victory over the Hamlin Pied Pipers 25-20 Thursday at AT&T Stadium.

Mart (13-3) has won three-straight titles and six dating back to 1999.

Instead of the usual team scrum to celebrate the lifting of a state championship trophy, Mart head coach Kevin Hoffman bolted straight toward the Panthers faithful, because they've been a supportive part of Mart's third consecutive title.

"It's just unbelievable that we were able to get back here for a third time with this young group," Hoffman said. "But these seniors, the few juniors that we have, carried these kids. This is the way we do things. You either get on board, or you get gone. They all bought in and they trust what we're doing."

Hamlin led Mart for a majority of the first half before Freeman's 14-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter. Freeman was named the game's Offensive Most Valuable Player.

"It's been a goal since I was in second grade to go four years back-to-back," Freeman said. "It's three now, and I've got one more to go."

The second half was more defensive, with the only Mart touchdown via the pick six by Campbell, who earned the Defensive MVP trophy.

"I knew he was going to try to throw to 15, and I baited him to throw it to throw straight to him," Campbell said. "I picked it off and I ran home. That's all I could do."

Mart finishes the season with a 13-3 record and an 11-game win streak.