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He’s been waiting in the wings. Learning and biding his time.

Now that it has arrived, he’s prepared to make the most of it. It’s Cole Thomas time.

After playing understudy to Braden Bohannon the last couple of seasons and being used somewhat sparingly, Thomas has been thrust into the spotlight for the Elco football team.

On Friday, during the Raiders’ season-opening 21-6 victory at Schuylkill Valley, Thomas showed he was ready. Elco’s new starting quarterback ran for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns, as the Raiders got off on the right foot.

Thomas’ first touchdown run came in the opening quarter and staked the Raiders to a 7-0 lead. His final scoring jaunt was registered in the fourth period and sealed the triumph.

Thomas also completed both of his pass attempts for 100 yards. In addition, he played a key role on a Raider defense that surrendered just 193 yards of total offense to Schuylkill Valley.

During the winter months, Thomas is an accomplished performer on the Elco boys’ basketball team, while in the spring, he is one of the top javelin throwers in the Lancaster-Lebanon League.

  • Jeff Falk

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