RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Thomas Jefferson went four years without winning a football game. But in Chad Hornik's first season, the team ended that streak. Now there's a chance they may not be able to get a win in front of their home crowd, after a single vehicle vandalized their field, and put their homecoming in doubt.
Richmond City Police are investigating the vandalism. Last Friday, a car did figure-8's on the J.R. Tucker football Field. There was an arrest in that case, and police are investigating if they are related.
TJ has their first home game in three weeks - their homecoming against Douglas Freeman. The damage to the field has put that game in jeopardy. But leaders at Thomas Jefferson are still holding on to hope that they will be able to have that game on campus.
This incident comes in the middle of a revival in Thomas Jefferson football pride. First year head coach Chad Hornik has joined with TJ Class of '76 Albert Negrin to form the Tee Jay Viking Fund - a foundation to raise money for the athletic facilities of the school. The fund has raised enough money to buy new lockers, uniforms and helmets. They're in the process of building a weight room, and resurfacing the field, in hopes of one day having an entire sports facility, that would include lights on the football field for the first time ever.
But Hornik and the players are not going to let this bring their pride down. In fact, one player says, this will make them even more motivated to keep improving on the field.