As you can probably imagine, teenage Derrick Henry against most Florida state high school football teams just wasn’t a fair fight. This is why it is remarkable that last weekend one of Henry’s state records fell. Baker High School’s Kayleb Wagner, in a 49-48 shootout victory over South Walton High School, ran for 535 yards and six touchdowns.
It was good enough to break the state record set in 2012, when Henry ran for 502 yards and six touchdowns in a win for Yulee.
Wagner’s accomplishment did not go unnoticed, especially not by the man whose record he broke. According to a report by Mitch Stephens of MaxPreps, Wagner received a direct message on Instagram from Derrick Henry congratulating him on breaking his record and promising more to come.
“We went back and forth for about five minutes,” Wagner told MaxPreps. “He congratulated me, told me he would send me a pair of his crampons and playing gloves. It was very, very cool. I think it really hit me when I had the record.”
A 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior, Wagner became an imposing force in the backfield despite a physical disability: he was born with amniotic band syndrome, a genetic condition that caused him to be born without a left hand and part of his left forearm. In last week’s win over South Walton, Wagner scored touchdowns on long runs of 83, 91 and 68 yards as Baker came back from a 42-35 deficit in the fourth quarter to claim the victory.
Not to be outdone, Henry had his own road exploits in Week 2 for the Tennessee Titans against the Seattle Seahawks. Imposing his will in the second half, Henry scored three touchdowns – including two in the fourth quarter – and ran for 182 yards as the Titans recovered from a 24-9 deficit to force overtime for a 33 victory. -30.