Two-time defending state champion Hampton held off Fauquier, 10-6, to win the Virginia AAA Division 6 state semifinal yesterday at Fauquier.
The Crabbers (12-1) will meet T.C. Williams Saturday at W.T. Woodson for the state title. Fauquier, which won the Northwestern Region, finished 10-3.
Fauquier had two chances to take the lead in the fourth quarter. A trick play on second down at its 47 almost achieved a big gain. Quarterback Bart Zopp lined up as a wide receiver and took a lateral from Jeff Lindtrom. Zopp then threw to Scott Taylor, who was wide open at the Crabbers 25. But Taylor couldn't hang on to the slightly high pass and one play later the Falcons punted.
With about two minutes to play, the Falcons forced a punt. But Hampton's Mike Husted fielded a high snap, stepped away from James Boggs' rush and got off a 48-yard punt that gave Fauquier possession at its 26.
The Falcons tried the Lindstrom-to-Zopp-to-a-receiver lateral play four consecutive times, with one play netting 23 yards and a first down at their 42. But the final lateral went awry and Zopp recovered for a 23-yard loss.
Zopp completed two passes, but Fauquier was unable to manage a first down and the Crabbers ran out the clock.
"I didn't quite understand why they kept doing that lateral play," said Hampton Coach Mike Smith. "They had been protecting their quarterback pretty well. We knew they had that play but we just didn't do what we were supposed to to stop it until the last time."
Hampton took advantage of a Zopp fumble to score its only touchdown in the first quarter.
The Crabbers drove 62 yards after Andre Davis recovered the fumble and Mike Stefanko scored from two yards out. The drive's key play was a 38-yard completion down the right sideline from quarterback Eric Hunter to Grady McLean.
The second quarter was scoreless. Early in the third, a short punt by Husted gave Fauquier possession at the Hampton 44. On the next play, Zopp pitched to Carlton Raymond, who ran 19 yards to the 25.
Six plays later, fullback Corey Foddrell scored from the 2 to make it 7-6. But holder Robbie Arbogast couldn't handle a high snap and Alex Sneed never got a chance to kick for the tie.
Hampton took the ensuing kickoff and drove 68 yards to the Falcons 9, where it settled for a 26-yard field goal by Husted. The big play of the drive was a 32-yard run on a draw play by Todd Summers.
Fauquier rushed for 129 yards and passed for 83. But Hampton's defense, which has allowed just 48 points this season, stiffened when necessary.
"We probably should have thrown more because they played a lot of man defense," Smith said. "We didn't think they could score on us, but when they did we wanted to control the ball." Hampton (12-1) 7 0 0 3 10 Fauquier (10-3) 0 0 6 0 6
H -- Stefanko 2 run (Husted kick)
F -- Foddrell 2 run (kick failed)
H -- FG Husted 26