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Former LCHS Panther topping rushing charts
Former Liberty County running back Shadrach Thornton, who now plays for N.C. State, served a one-game suspension at the beginning of the season due to off-the-field legal trouble. - photo by Photo provided.

Former Liberty County High School football player Shadrach Thornton had to sit out the first game of the season for the North Carolina State Wolfpack due to off-the-field legal trouble. Since then, however, Thornton has picked up where he left off last season and currently leads the Wolfpack team in rushing yards with 606 yards on 127 carries.
According to, Thornton, a sophomore, is averaging 67.3 yards per game and has scored four touchdowns. Thornton also has 12 receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown and 695 all-purpose yards.
Thornton’s suspension came after witnesses reported they saw Thornton and a woman, identified only as his girlfriend, get into an argument, and Thornton reportedly pushed her against a wall.
Earlier this season, Thornton had a career-high 173 yards on 23 carries against the Florida State Seminoles.
Thornton led N.C. State with 694 rushing yards last season despite not playing in the first three games.

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