Throughout yesterday's big, Virginia AAA Northern District battle for first place between 18th-ranked Robinson and top-ranked T.C. Williams, Titans Coach Glenn Furman pleaded with his troops to play championship football.

For 3 1/2 periods, Williams did just that. Inspired by the aggressive play of its offensive and defensive lines, Williams outslugged Robinson, 21-7, before a standing room crowd at Williams.

"I told the guys this was our championship game," Furman said. "We knew {W.T.} Woodson {which Williams beat earlier, 17-14} and Robinson would be our two toughest tests and we played very well."

The Titans, 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the district, controlled the line of scrimmage from the onset but the stubborn Rams (5-2, 2-1) didn't budge easily. Williams is 24-0-2 in district play in Furman's six years.

The hosts drove 81 yards on 16 plays to take a 7-0 lead in the second quarter. Tailback Lydell Scott (136 yards on 30 carries) followed the blocks of his line for four and five yards at a time. The workman-like march, which included a big, two-yard gain by quarterback Ricky Marrow on fourth-and-inches from his own 28, took almost seven minutes and forced the Rams' defense to work overtime.

Marrow threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to DeWayne Evans, who grabbed the high floater at the back of the end zone. Raleigh Sims made the first of this three conversion kicks for the lead with 5:51 to play before halftime.

Robinson did move the ball at times but each time it threatened, the Titans forced a turnover (three overall) or either hurried or sacked quarterback Brent Torgeson.

"You can't make turnovers against a T.C. Williams and expect to win," Rams Coach Nick Hilgert said, "and you can't expect your defense to play tough all day long. Their kicking game put us in a hole early and they just wore us down."

Williams scored twice within a six-minute span to completely deflate the Rams' hopes. After Tracey Fells recovered a fumble at the Rams' 19, the Titans needed only four plays. The last eight yards were covered by Scott on a pitchout, and increased the lead to 14-0 with just over two minutes left in the third period.

Back to back sacks by Williams pushed the Rams inside their 5. A short punt gave Williams the ball at the Robinson 29. Marrow passed 15 yards to Eric Anderson before Jay Carr scored from five yards and Williams led, 21-0 with 10 minutes left in the game.

"Tracey and DeWayne played real well up front, they chased {Torgeson} all day and made him throw on the run," said Anderson, who plays wide receiver and safety. "We didn't do anything fancy, just come out, block, and show who's boss."

The Rams benefited from a couple of Williams' penalties to score their lone touchdown. Torgeson found tight end Dennis Fisher for a nine-yard score with seven minutes to play.Robinson (5-2)

0

0

0

7

7

Williams (7-0)

0

7

7

7

21

W -- Evans 11 pass from Marrow (Sims kick)

W -- Scott 8 run (Sims kick)

W -- Carr 5 run (Sims kick)

R -- Fisher 9 pass from Torgeson (Steen kick) HERNDON 35 MCLEAN 12

Warren Prisby passed for one touchdown and 116 yards and scored on runs of 45, two and one yards to lead the Hornets over the winless Highlanders.

McLean (0-7)

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0

6

6

12

Herndon (4-3)

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14

14

7

35

H -- Prisby 1 run (Wade kick)

H -- Ortiz 5 run (Wade kick)

M -- Simmons 38 pass from Tinker (kick blocked)

H -- Prisby 45 run (Wade kick)

H -- Prisby 2 run (Wade kick)

H -- Smith 42 pass from Prisby (Wade kick)

M -- Stoeher 3 pass from Schauff (kick failed)