MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For most high school football players, 12 touchdowns would be a great career.
For Raleigh-Egypt's Kalyn Grandberry, 12 td's have come in his last two games — two halves if we're being honest — scoring those 12 touchdowns on just 24 touches.
"Oh he's a special, special kid. He's got everything," Coach Major Wright said.
Almost everything. With those 12 touchdowns in the last two weeks, Grandberry has 28 td's on the season, or just five off the city record of 33 set by Ridgeway's Radele Pearson back in 1999.
"I don't wanna be too cocky but everybody's been talking to me about it, telling me you need to break the record," Grandberry said. "We'd be proud of you to break the record. I'm gonna be proud of myself too. I worked for it. I did everything I can for it. it'd be real awesome for me to break it."
"We get mad at Coach Wright for taking him out," teammate Cedric Henderson said. "That's how bad we want it. After he gets those touchdowns in the 1st half, coach takes him out. We like, why you not getting back in? Coach won't put me in. You gotta a record to beat here."
"It would mean a lot to the school, the community, to our team, for him to be able to accomplish something like that," Wright said. "I think it would be special to him but i really think he's after a bigger prize."
That something bigger, of course, is a state title, but just the fact Grandberry is making this record run is a story of redemption.
Heading into high school, Grandberry was heading down the wrong road with the wrong crowd.
In stepped his football angel, in you will — Pharoahs coach Major Wright.
Facing jail time, Wright gave Kalyn a new purpose and all that trouble is now history — a lot like that record he's trying to break.>
"Coach Wright had gave me a second chance. he saved me from going down the drain," Grandberry said. "He saved me with a letter that made the judge reconsider what my time was.
After that, I had to wake up and realize like life, life is the real deal."
"Everybody wasn't perfect but Kalyn, he had it real rough," Henderson said. "He's changed. He's a better person and I'm really happy to say he's one of my closest friends. I'm very proud of him."
And if the last two weeks are any indication, Grandberry will get his record Friday night when the unbeaten Pharoahs head to Orange Mound to take on Melrose.