MONDAY MORNING QB: Maloney’s gained major mileage with Myles

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MERIDEN — Jaden Myles used to get his kicks playing soccer, but now he is trying a new sport at a new school as Maloney football’s place kicker.

He has become a weapon for the Spartans, who improved to 5-0 overall with Friday night’s 51-27 CCC Division II-West victory over Bristol Eastern at Falcon Field.

Myles was 6-for-7 on extra points and also blasted a 37-yard field goal.

“I was a little nervous kicking the field goal,” Myles admitted. “That was my first field goal, but after the ball was snapped and I hit it, I knew it was going through.”

Football has not always been Myles’ game. The slender junior grew up playing for the Meriden Soccer Club and played soccer at Wilcox Tech in each of the past two seasons before transferring to Maloney.

“I decided to play football for the first time this year,” he said. “Coach [Kevin Frederick] came to me before the season. He said he needed a kicker. I decided to step up and fill that spot. I guess I have a strong leg.”

Myles said he has made a 42-yarder at practice, but it is much different in a game situation.

“At practice, with the construction going on, we don’t have uprights,” said Myles, who was a defender in soccer. “I’ve just been kicking at a pole. It felt good to kick a field goal through the uprights.”

Kicking can be a thankless job, but Myles said his Maloney teammates, “treat me like family” and that his parents have been supportive of his new sport.

“They don’t worry about me getting hurt because my brother [Maloney alumni] Ephraim plays corner ay Western New England College.

“I really don’t miss soccer,” Jaden continued. “It feels good to contribute in football.”

Myles has been money on PATs.  He has made 21 of 26 extra points on the season.

“I can’t say enough good things about our kicker,” Frederick said. “He’s done a good job. He has been doing great with PATs and we gave him a shot at the field goal. He has been doing it all the time at practice. He is into it and he is competitive. He’s a good kicker.”

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