Grider admits he's surprised he has 12 goals this season.
"I knew I could do it, but I didn't expect to be the leading goal-scorer," Grider said. "I worked on my shot during camps and all preseason. I could have cared less to break the record, but tt's nice to be at the record and it shouldn't be too much harder to break."
Grider has been a captain of the Golden Lions' soccer team four years, helping Garrard improve from a 1-17 mark his freshman year to an 8-0 start this year. Kyle Ayres and Brandon Merriman have also started on all four of those teams.
In 2000, Garrard was outscored 74-12 in 18 games. The next year, it was 63-19 in 18 games. In 2002 Garrard was outscored 44-30 in 16 games. This year, it's all turned around.
His work ethic has played a big role
Garrard coach Jon Martin said his senior midfielder's work ethic has played a big role in the Lions' turnaround.
"Colby has just been exceptional," Martin said. "I see a drive in him to be a responsible young man. If he's out there being responsible, learning character, he brings that to the rest of the team by him being a hard worker and a leader. There haven't been any times this year I could look out and say, 'Colby's giving less than 100 percent.'"
Grider said a lot of the credit for the Lions' success has to go to Martin. He took over the team three years ago.
"Coach Martin has been the best thing for Garrard County soccer," Grider said. "He works with us and you can tell he really cares. That's what you need. A lot of us have played together through middle school. It just took the right person to coach us."
Martin said he's seen a big change in Grider in the three years he's coached him.
"I've seen him mature as a player and a lot as a leader on the field," Martin said. "He can be physical and at the same time be in control of the ball. "
Grider said he felt good about Garrard's chances this season after the Lions played well in summer games against select teams.
He said he's not ready for the good times to end quite yet.
"There's no doubt in my mind we could easily win our district and have a good chance at region. We've just got to come out and play hard," he said. "The whole team has just come together, and it's like a big friendship. We all fuss at each other on the field, but after that it's all over. We're a big family and that's what I'm going to miss the most."