Two former Liberty County prep football players are getting ready for the 2014 BitCoin Bowl game Friday at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Former Liberty County High School running back and current N.C. State player, Shadrach Thornton and former Bradwell Institute lineman Chester Brown, currently at the University of Central Florida, will hit Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
Both men will be making their first bowl game appearance.
For the third year in a row, Thornton led the Wolfpack in rushing with 811 yards and scoring nine touchdowns. He also made 15 receptions for 133 yards and one touchdown, helping the Wolfpack earn a 7-5 overall record and 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference finish.
This will be the Pack’s 27th bowl game in the program’s history. Their bowl game record is 14-12-1.
This is UCF’s third trip to Tropicana Field in Tampa for a bowl game and the third meeting between the Wolfpack and the Knights. In the first, the Knights won, 25-23. In game two the Wolfpack won, 28-21, tying the series at 1-1.
Brown was a member of the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team last year and saw action in three games against FIU, Penn State and UConn. During pre-season camp the sophomore was moved to the offensive line and has played in all 12 games with three starts.