After seeing the comments about Cole in earlier threads, just felt the need to respond to some of the comments. First of all, congrats to Salem on the game Friday night. Great game and wish Salem the best on their chase to another state title. But, I will say I’m very disappointed in the comments by what I suppose are Salem fans and your Voice of the Spartans about Cole. You can say what you want about actions on the field, but understand, he’s an 18 year old kid that responds as any 18 year old would. I don’t know if it’s jealousy or what, but he has endured taunting, smack talk or whatever you’d like to call it all season long from opposing players and fans alike. Things such as “we’re going to break him an mess up his scholarship”, “ run the ball my way”, or hitting him low around the knees all sorts of crap. The saddest of which was a Salem fan (old enough to be his grandfather) yelling “you’re nothing but a track guy, not a football player”. Same thing happened at Giles, btw. I’m sure these kinds of things happen to a lot of kids, but I don’t see them getting called out on a message board. As for the comment about pulling for him at VT, you won’t be missed. As for 3putt, he’s a classless jerk that hides behind a keyboard and will reap what he sows someday. What you don’t see is Cole taking pictures with kids after games (home and away), going to kid’s birthday parties just because he’s asked to or doing things in the community. I respect everyone’s opinion on this board and others I frequent, but be fair and understand that these are HS kids, football players and most of all, young men that will one day be leaders in our community.