GAME STORY: Hamlin routs Stratford to earn first state title game appearance

PLAINVIEW — When Hamlin and Stratford met the first time this season in a late September nondistrict game, the result was a forgettable one for the Pied Pipers. But the HHS players made sure to remember how they felt at the end of that 39-6 drubbing.

Playing the Elks again in the Class 2A Division II semifinals, the Pipers reversed that outcome Thursday night, riding a flawless start to 56-23 win that was even more dominating than the 33-point margin might suggest.

The victory, which improved Hamlin to 12-2 on the year, has the Pipers in their first state title game in school history — realizing a goal the HHS seniors set for themselves in junior high.

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