A ringing telephone rips through the silence, waking a family from its slumber. The bedside clock reads 2 a.m.
The caller is often a troubled teen seeking a lifeline from perhaps the only adult influence he can count on — his high school football coach.
The coach turns his attention to a few logical questions: Which player is in trouble? And how can I help?
“You get that phone call at 2 a.m. from a player who says, ‘Coach, I need to talk to you,'” Baker football coach Tim Massengale said.