Prior to his team's Virginia AAA Division 6 state football championship game against two-time defending state titlist Hampton, T.C. Williams Coach Glenn Furman said the team that scored twice would win.

Furman's prediction was correct, but it took a dramatic last-second interception by Terry Jordan in the end zone to preserve a 10-6 victory and give T.C. Williams its second state title in four years, before 9,500 at W.T. Woodson.

"That's two {state titles} in four years. And that's 65 victories in six years, so I guess we are the dominant team up here {in the Northern Region}," Furman said. "What you saw out there was a classic battle between two powers. And it went true to form. I said two scores would win and it did."

T.C. Williams (14-0) was protecting a 10-6 lead when it committed a fourth-quarter mistake that could have proved fatal. Center Josh Geiger's snap sailed over punter John Jewsbury's head on a fourth-down play. The senior ran after the ball and picked it up, tried to run and was tackled at the Titans 3-yard line with 66 seconds remaining in the game.

Jewsbury could have run through the end zone for a safety, but said he didn't consider that.

"I didn't know I was that close to the end zone," said Jewsbury, who enjoyed a solid punting afternoon. "Those guys were coming after me and all I could think about was getting the ball first and trying to run upfield."

Hampton (12-2), which has won seven state titles in Coach Mike Smith's 16 years at the school, was in position to steal what looked like a certain victory for T.C. Williams.

But on first down, Hampton was penalized for illegal motion. "We lined up in the wrong set," Smith said. "We got the big break . . . just a tough, tough loss."

Then, Eric Hunter's quick lateral to end Grady McLean lost a yard as the Titans reacted well. On the next play, Hunter rolled left and passed in the end zone toward Antonio Hyman. Jordan was in perfect position and stepped in front of Hyman, making the interception with 40 seconds to play. He returned the ball to the Titans 27 and T.C. Williams ran out the clock.

"The coach told me to protect the inside and he {Hyman} cut inside," Jordan said. "I just watched the quarterback's eyes and cut in front of him {Hyman}."

Hyman, who caught a 72-yard touchdown pass earlier in the fourth quarter, said the play called for a corner pattern but the ball was thrown slightly inside.

"When they got the ball on the 3, we could have quit," Furman said. "But we didn't. Coming back and stopping them right there proved we were the best team in the state."

T.C. Williams dominated both offensively and defensively and led, 10-0, early in the third period.

With All-Met tailback Lydell Scott (111 yards on 25 carries) having success running up the middle, the Titans, aided by a 32-yard punt return by Scott, drove 37 yards on 10 plays for their touchdown in the first period. Keith Burns, who also plays linebacker, scored from the 1. Raleigh Sims' kick make it 7-0 with 6:21 to play in the quarter.

The Titans' defense, led by Burns, Jordan, Tracy Fells and Erik Anderson, held Hampton to 89 total yards during the first three periods. The Titans also recovered two fumbles to stop drives.

Titan Kevin Brim fell on a fumble at the Hampton 24 and four plays later, Sims kicked a 34-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead with 9:24 to play in the third quarter.

Hampton managed to cut the deficit to four points when Hunter threw a perfect pass to Hyman that went for 72 yards and the score. The extra point failed when the snap was fumbled, but Hampton trailed only 10-6 with 9:38 left.

T.C. Williams kept the ball away from the visitors by using more than eight minutes on two possessions.

T.C. Williams was still very much in control when Jewsbury set up to punt from his team's 41 with 1:07 left in the game.Hampton (12-2) 0 0 0 6 6 T.C. Williams (14-0) 7 0 3 0 10

TCW -- Burns 1 run (Sims kick)

TCW -- FG Sims 34

H -- Hyman 72 pass from Hunter (kick failed)