Kinston senior blazes her own path with college football opportunity

Baily Blake hopes to continue to impress at the college level just like she did at Kinston High School. (Brian North, NewsChannel 12 photo)

Kinston High School senior Baily Blake kicked down the gender barrier at her school during her sophomore year.

She became the second female in state high school football history to score points in a state championship game when the Vikings played Shelby. She's steadily improved and her senior season, she converted 88 percent of her extra point kicks.

Wednesday, she signed an athletic scholarship to play football at Averett University in Danville, Va.

"It's definitely different," Blake said. "People say 'you play football?' and I show them the pics, and you can do what you set your mind to."

Blake finished out the last 3-4 games by handling kickoffs and hit her first career field goal. Colleges, including Averett, took notice.

It's her dad who pushed her to play football in high school. He's thrilled to watch her play for four more years.

"Bailey enjoys playing, I thought she would try to play soccer but after her last game, she said she wanted to keep kicking," said Chuck Blake, her father.

She hopes to win over her college teammates, just like she did at Kinston High School.

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