Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles on individuals and teams that will enter the Randolph County Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Thomas F. "Tommy" Lopez competed in track and football at Tygarts Valley High School. He ran the 100-meter, 200-meter, 4x100 and 4x200 track events. In both his junior and senior years, his 4x100 team reached the state meet.
In football, he became the first player at Tygarts Valley High School to rush for over 1,000 yards in two consecutive seasons.
As a junior in 1992, the Bulldogs captured the Potomac Valley Conference championship.
He returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown against Pocahontas County that season and earned first team All-Potomac Valley Conference honors.
As running back in 1993, he was named to the Potomac Valley All-Conference and All-State first teams. He was the starting tailback that year in the West Virginia-Maryland All-Star Game.
He finished his high school career with 3,159 rushing yards and 37 rushing touchdowns.
For two seasons he played football at Glenville State College under Coach Rich Rodriguez.