Inspired by a tenacious performance by two-way performers Ratcliff Thomas and Ricky Ross, second-ranked T.C. Williams scored three times in the last quarter to put away a game Hayfield team, 28-6, in a Virginia AAA nondistrict game last night at Hayfield.

Thomas and Ross each scored twice and led a Titans defense that allowed only 99 total yards, 40 of them on a reverse that led to Hayfield's lone score. Williams, which gave up its first touchdown in 15 quarters but has allowed only 37 points this season, is 8-0. Hayfield is 6-2.

The Hawks, who are completing one of the best seasons in the school's 20 years, hung tough with the visitors for three periods. The hosts yielded only 106 total yards and four first downs until Thomas caught the defense napping.

On a first-down play at the Williams 39, Thomas took a handoff and started on what appeared to be an end sweep. The junior suddenly pulled up and passed to wide-open Terrence Prince. The end had to stretch a bit to gather in the pass, and fell at the Hawks 22. Five plays later, Thomas scored his first touchdown on a five-yard run. Robert Williams's kick made it 13-6 with 10:37 to play.

"That play hurt us; we made that one mistake," Hayfield Coach John Tompkins said. "We scored on them and our defense did a good job. But after they got those big plays, we had to throw."

Thomas said the halfback pass was planned.

"That was the time to use it," said Thomas, who finished with 64 yards on 14 carries in addition to making several tackles from his middle linebacker position.

Williams, which was also burned for a big play that led to the Hawks' score, was in charge now. After giving up 107 yards, including a 40-yard run by Greg Pruitt on a reverse, stopped everything Hayfield tried in the second half. Quarterback Scott Arbogast was under heavy pressure all game and Pruitt couldn't find running room. Hayfield finished with minus-8 yards on 19 second-half plays.

"We didn't make any big adjustments in the second half, we just were not going to make any mistakes," said Ross, who also played defensive end. "That reverse came on my side, I got caught inside and he {Pruitt} got outside."

"We had to apply a lot of pressure on {Arbogast} and stop Pruitt," Thomas said.

Williams put the game out of reach at the midway point of the fourth period when Thomas ended a brief 49-yard drive with a one-yard dive. Ezra Whorley had a 34-yard run on a quarterback keeper to set up Thomas's second touchdown.

Whorley's pass to Michael Miles for the two-point conversion made it 21-6 with 6:24 to play.

"After that score, we felt we had them down mentally," Thomas said. "We went after them harder at that point."

On Hayfield's next possession, Williams added a little salt to a large wound when Ross collared Arbogast, stole the ball and ran 16 yards for the game's last score.