Mart Panthers roar to 5th state football title with 28-7 victory over Goldthwaite

Mart players and supporters celebrate the Panthers' state championship win in Mansfield on Saturday.

Look for our exclusive full-length game report in the Sunday Tribune-Herald and here on wacotrib.com.


MANSFIELD, Texas — Jakeem Hoffman ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns to lead Mart to the Texas 1A Division I championship with a 28-7 victory over Goldthwaite on Saturday.

The game turned on three plays just before halftime.

With the score tied 7-7, Goldthwaite appeared to score a 49-yard touchdown on a pass from Tyler Horton to Jonathon Williams. However, a penalty for an illegal block moved the ball back to Mart's 20-yard line.

Two plays later, the Panthers' Cody Cobbs sacked Horton, forcing a fumble. Taylor Justice picked up the ball and ran 68 yards for a touchdown and a 14-7 lead.

The Eagles (12-3) had taken a 7-0 lead on James Harden's 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Mart (13-2) scored the final 28 points. Hoffman ran 7 yards for a second-quarter touchdown to tie the score. He broke loose for a 59-yard score in the third quarter.

D'Shun Kinsey took a short pass from Holden Strunck for a 48-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to wrap up Mart's fifth state championship, its first since 2006.

The Panthers had knocked off 2008 1A Division I champion Canadian with a 31-17 semifinal victory. Saturday's result avenged Mart's 29-23 regular-season loss to Goldthwaite.

Hoffman, who averaged 10.4 yards on 14 carries, also caught a pass for 3 yards. Strunck completed 9 of 14 passes for 106 yards, with one interception.

Mart accumulated 196 rushing yards in 29 carries. Of its 302 total yards, 213 came in the second half.

Williams led Goldthwaite with 62 yards rushing and 55 receiving. Horton passed for 73 yards. The Eagles gained just 56 yards in the second half.

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