Minutes after T.C. Williams had beaten his team, 21-7, West Potomac Coach Danny Meier said the Titans were the best high school football team he had ever seen. In fact, every coach whose team has been manhandled by the top-ranked, 12-0 Titans, Virginia AAA Northern Region's most successful program the past six years, had nothing but praise for the team.

Despite the accolades, Coach Glenn Furman isn't satisfied. A passionate, patient individual who believes in discipline and fundamental football, Furman has brought a no-frills approach that has earned the Alexandria school six consecutive Northern District championships (28-0-2 in district play), three region championships the last four seasons and the state title in 1984. His six-year record is 63-9-2.

"Since I've been here, we've sought consistency," Furman said. "We set out to win a {district} championship, win a state championship and be consistent. Those were our three goals and we feel we have achieved them. We don't mind the role of being the favorite or ranked high; the kids thrive on that kind of pressure."

The Titans will take that confidence into their Division 6 state semifinal at Highland Springs (10-2) at 1:30 Saturday in Richmond.

"Highland Springs matches up pretty well with us," Furman said. "They have won nine games in a row and play very good defense. They are quick and aggressive and rely on a good ball control running game. They are almost a carbon copy of us."

That's doubtful. There have already been some comparisons between this T.C. Williams team and the school's 1984 state title team that outscored its opponents, 404-56, with nine shutouts.

"I don't like to compare teams and I couldn't right now because that team finished 14-0 and we are still playing," Furman said. "I believe that team was probably more explosive and had more individual stars. This team is better balanced, it can do more things."

The team has surrendered only 49 total points and has seven shutouts, including last week's 21-0 region title victory over Annandale.

Led by all-Met tackle Tracy Fells, the team's leading tackler; safety Eric Anderson, the team's best athlete (six interceptions, 20 receptions for six touchdowns); end DeWayne Evans and superb sophomore linebacker Keith Burns (five interceptions), the Titans have been tested only once, beating W.T. Woodson, 17-14. Of the seven touchdowns scored against T.C. Williams, two came off fumble recoveries and one off a punt return.

All-Met tailback Lydell Scott has already broken all the school rushing records with his 1,722 yards and 25 touchdowns. Scott benefits from a solid offensive line, led by junior center Josh Geiger, all-Met senior guard Naser Abu-Roman and senior 300-pound tackle Tony Traynham. Ricky Marrow and Kevin Brim have split the quarterback duties.

"When you think we lost our starting quarterback {Troy Bailey} the third game of the season, we did all right," Furman said. "Ricky stepped in and the team rallied behind him. He and Kevin complement each other very well.

"As I said, we place high demands on ourselves and we expect to win. We are peaking right now and I feel we have a legitimate shot at winning another state championship."