Baker's accidental kicker tees it up for the Gators


Baker School's Malcolm Griffith kicks a field goal from the hold of David Oglesby during Thursday afternoon's practice.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 05:30 PM.

BAKER — It's fair to say that Baker School senior football player Malcolm Griffith might be an accidental kicker.

As a freshman, Griffith was a wide receiver and defensive back, who dabbled in kicking for Baker's junior varsity until a freak injury changed the course of his football career.

"I was going into the locker room one day and I went to open the door and somebody kicked it and I broke my hand," he said. "I was out for the season at wide receiver and cornerback that year, but the trainer called him ... I said I could be the kicker and he agreed, as long as I had no contact.

"I started kicking, the last game (of his freshman year), the Jay game, and I made my extra point ... I've been kicking since then."

Griffith's move to kicker might have been the result of an accident, but his success has been anything but an accident.

Griffithhas worked hard at his trade since his freshman year, attending kicking camps to hone his skills during the summer, and kicking countless footballs during practice as his teammates on offense and defense work on game plans.

  In Baker's 24-20 win over Northview on Nov. 1, which clinched the District 1-1A title for the Gators, Griffith's six points proved to be the difference. Griffith scored Baker's first points on a 26-yard field goal. He was also a perfect 3-for-3 on extra points.

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