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Oh what a night! @isaac_dixon3 from @BelfryFootball1 shatters expectations in the title game and lays claim to ‘Mr. Football.’ @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball

Isaac Dixon has every right to lay claim to Kentucky’s premier high school running back. With what he did for a Belfry team which couldn’t possibly have won a title without him he may well have staked a claim to “Mr. Football” too. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@DanielSwinney8 from @MaleBulldogs is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @WeAreMaleHigh @LMHSCoachWolfe @MalePrincipal @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball

Daniel Swinney and his Bulldogs from Male High School are playing this weekend for the coveted title of Kentucky 6A State Champion. It is a title the program has won numerous prior times. Having a RB as hard to contain as Swinney may just win the program another Trophy for the case and a set of rings for Swinney and his teammates. It won’t hurt the Bulldogs to have the reigning Independence Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week in the offensive backfield when the game commences. Enjoy this feature and join us again a week from today and we will repeat this exercise which makes our week and which we hope brightens yours. HB.

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Chris Manning from @HopkinsCentral has proven himself the ‘Man for the Job!’ Featured Photo: DB Media Company @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @1776Bank

We have written about coaches before now but only in rare and special cases. We would submit to you that Chris Manning at Hopkins County Central is both rare and special and worthy of this feature in every imaginable way. Enjoy this look at a guy who is turning the apple cart upside down in a very positive way around the Hopkins County Central program. HB.

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@DBoner61 from @FootballJCHS is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the Week. @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @MaxPreps

We have before said time and again that both KPGFootball and Mingua Beef Jerky place an emphasis on the boys up front who do a lion’s share of the work for very little recognition. That is why, when a chance presents itself, we jump at the chance to award this to an offensive lineman. Well, if you look at what Johnson Central did in the Semis, the time was ripe to award it to a big and we picked a good ‘un for you. Enjoy this look at an outstanding offensive center and join us again next week when we get to do this another time. HB.

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@zanecartwright9 from @MHSCardinalsFB is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps

Zane Cartwright and his Mayfield Cardinals travel to Fort Mitchell tonight to take on the defending champion in 2A football in Beechwood Independent High School. The reigning “Mr. Football” will be under center for the Tigers. The Cardinals will have the reigning Independence Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week under center for them. One thing is certain, not a single fan from either team will file into the stadium thinking the other has any chance at victory at all and that is what makes programs like these two so great. Enjoy this feature and join us again a week from today and we will repeat this exercise which makes our week. HB.

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@TaylorBen2004 (Ben Taylor) and Cole Conlon from @racelandramsfb finding plenty these days for which to be thankful! Featured Photo: Matt Jones/The Daily Independent @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @MaxPreps

Raceland has had a terrific season. It is Thanksgiving Day and the season is still ongoing so football fans know that means the season has gone alone swimmingly. Much of the defensive success for the Rams is partly attributable to a pair of splendid 2nd-level defenders. Happy Thanksgiving everyone and enjoy this look at these two top-flight ’23s. HB.

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@stocktonkeiran from @scottie_glasgow is this week’s @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer! @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @MaxPreps

This week’s Protein-packed Performer player a position you don’t find many teams manning these days. Yessir, we have found us a full-back and this guy is a throw back to the Jim Brown/John Riggins/Bronco Nagurski types. This fellow looked a lot like Jim Brown against Bardstown in the Regional Championship. We thought we better get this big old Hoss some protein stat! Enjoy this feature and join us again a week from today when we award this prestigious award to another worthy recipient. HB.

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@pths_football may have served official notice this past Friday night there is a storm brewing in the @KYHighFootball 3A classification. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @1776Bank @briiiann23

There are clouds gathering and the winds are beginning to howl. Yessir, there is a storm brewing on the 3A title horizon and it is one we could see forming as early as preseason. The Blue Tornado has gotten its game “together” at just the right time and the result of this “jelling” may be a football championship. Enjoy this article. HB.

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Middle School Spotlight: @CamThomas2026_3 (Cam Thomas), c/o ’26, from @FootMiddle, step forward and take a bow. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank…Happy Memorial Day!

We have before featured this middle school football phenom. He was on the Future Stars team this past summer and looks (to us) poised to return to the roster this coming summer. He is easily among the best 8th-graders playing the game today. Enjoy the spotlight on Cam Thomas. HB.

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@BlazeBerry15, Class of ’25 from @EminenceFball is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps

It is getting that time of year where we start making our list of players for whom we intend to vote onto the Associated Press All-State Football Team. We get some help from coaches across the commonwealth which we welcome. This kid here has had one of the finest freshman seasons at QB we have ever witnessed. Will we vote for him for All-State? We just might, we are sure to nominate him and insure his being on the ballot. You know, there is nothing saying an All-State QB can’t be a freshman. Enjoy this feature and congratulations to Berry gaining selection to the Independence Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. HB.

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@joe_humphreys2, ’22, 6-3, 200-pound QB from @DCHS_Football is anything but your ‘Average Joe…’ @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps

Mr. Football voting is around the corner. First up will be the Coaches in the Courier Journal. The Media (Associated Press) will conclude the awards season months from now in the Herald-Leader. Who will win “Mr. Football?” What about this guy? His play makes a very compelling case. HB.

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Wyatt Blake, ’22 ATH from @LC_Cougars, is the @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-Packed Performer’ of the week! @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @PrepSpin @MaxPreps

We love versatility at Mingua Beef Jerky and at Kentucky Prep Gridiron. Players who find many ways to make their teams succeed have already taken one tremendous “life lesson” from the sport of football which will keep that young person in good stead as he travels down life’s road. This guy here is as versatile and outstanding as any player in his graduating class. No telling where Logan County would be without him. With him, they are breathing some fairly rarified air. Enjoy the feature and join us again next week for another installment. HB.

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@DavontayeSaund1 (@EminenceFball) being selected to this year’s All-State football team is looking altogether imminent, at least to us! @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

We start getting solicitations from people this time of year seeking our casting our All-State ballot (AP) for either this player or that. We appreciate receipt of the information and promise we will scrutinize any and all data provided. We got such a solicitation about this particular RB who was on our “Hot Board” for All-State anyway. The provision of the data did nothing but solidify for us we are on the right track. Enjoy this look at a RB who has rendered just an extraordinary performance over his senior season. HB.

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‘The Other Guy,’ Kasey Boone (’23) from @SrHighFootball proving he has what it takes… @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @PrepSpin @MaxPreps

Entering the season all we could talk about at the QB position in Owensboro and surrounding areas was the 4-Star QB at the helm of the offense. He departed for “greener pastures.” Now, we’re talking about “The Other Guy.” That “other guy” is performing at a really high level. Enjoy the article. HB.

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Looking backward then forward: A retrospective look at right now! @CentreFootball @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @MaxPreps

Wow is all we can say about the Centre College performance on Mount Berry, Georgia yesterday to finish the ’21 season. The Colonels had a fine 8-2 season and were in the conference title hunt for much of the year and an at-large threat for an NCAA bid too. Enjoy this last installment of this series for 2021 and we will look forward to getting things back up and rolling in 2022. HB.

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@dylantheyates from @CCRocketsFTBL looking every bit the first team All-Stater to KPGFootball. Featured graphic Jeff Tidwell, WPSD, @mingabeefjerky, @PrepSpin, @KyHighFootball, @1776Bank

We have been high on Dylan Yates all year long. He is a prime example of a kid at the 1A level who is among the very best Kentucky has to offer in the high school ranks at the DE position. There are a plethora of suitors for his services. Where will he end up in our opinion? Well, on our All-State ballot we will submit several weeks from now for starters. Enjoy the article. HB.

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@JackDunc2 from @HancockCoHS_KY is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @Football_Hornet

The Hornets’ performance has really shocked some people around the Western Kentucky football world. Independence Bank has been quick to notice the outstanding play from Hancock County High School and the Hawesville, Kentucky brand of Independence Bank located at 225 US 60E has been wearing us out around the magazine about when we were going to feature some of the area outstanding football talent. Okay guys, we hear you! Jack Duncan maybe one of the best defensive players at his level in his area of the commonwealth. He, for darn sure, may be among the more underrated. This kid has played very well for his Hornet’s team all year. Enjoy this feature and congratulations to Mr. Duncan on winning this very prestigious distinction. HB.

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Middle School Spotlight: Webster County’s Ty Phillips, Class of ’27… @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @WebCoFootball @WchsA

We are sliding into the offseason slowly but surely and it is time to start individually featuring some players. We begin our offseason series “Middle School Spotlight” looking at a 7th-grader who had a devastating impact on his 8th-grade team to which he returns in ’22. Teams scheduling the Trojans beware! Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@TrellG04 (Montrell Garnett) from @UCBraves is this week’s @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer.’ @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @PrepSpin

It is very hard to gauge accurately the accomplishments of the guys who play along the scrimmage line, on offense or defense. We are committed to the effort because Mingua Beef Jerky and KPGFootball recognize that winning football begins right there, on the scrimmage lines. We want to make sure we are giving those guys their fair due. Mingua Beef Jerky prizes players who work hard to make the team succeed whether the player himself gets appropriately credited or not. Such was the case Thursday night in Union. County’s opening win over Webster County in the first round of the playoffs. Union County’s Montrell Garnett had an extraordinary performance, though in an out of the ordinary sort of way. Nevertheless, we believe you will find his contributions more than deserving. We did. Enjoy the feature and join us again next week as we do all of this again. HB.

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Round Two…District Championship! One of these underdogs will win… @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @1776Bank

We used to run this as a weekly series. It never did well enough getting views for the editorial board to recommend its continuation. Still, I just couldn’t help myself this week. I had to do it. Here are four games where the underdogs seem virtually sure of covering what Calpreps has determined to be the spread. Enjoy the analysis. HB.

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Mission going swimmingly for Coach Bowling’s @MurrayTigerFB. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

The Murray High Tigers travel to take on a Mayfield team it sent packing from the playoff in ’20 and which it beat on October 22. Will history repeat itself or will Mayfield, once again, advance to the Regional Championship game? Hard to say. One thing easy to say is this…Coach Darren Bowling is doing one Hell of a job. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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Looking both backward and forward: A retrospective look at right now! Featured Photo: Micki McDaniel @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball @CentreFootball @1776Bank @MaxPreps

Enjoy this news series we are sort of test running at the end of the football season entitled “Looking both backward and forward…” In this series we review Centre’s past performance while looking ahead to what is upcoming. This coming Saturday, a trip to Mount Berry, Georgia. That’s no pleasure cruise. HB.

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Chase Brasher from @HCCHS_Football is the @1776Bank ‘Revolutionary Player of the Week.’ @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball @LetsGoStorm

Chase Brasher from Hopkins County Central came up huge for the Storm when his team most needed it. Fighting for their collective playoff lives, the Class 4A, first-district team insured its inclusion with a win over McLean County which bolstered its RPI and secured the 3rd-seed in the playoffs which begin for the Storm tonight in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The opponent is the always tough, athletic, and well coached Hoptown Tigers. Enjoy the feature and get by and see our friends at Independence Bank. Independence Bank has revolutionized the banking industry with its superior service and products. HB.

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@jaggergillis from @BCRebelFootball is the @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer’ of the week. @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @MaxPreps

Sometimes the winner of this award doesn’t have the “stand alone numbers” one generally sees from his position group. However, Mingua Beef Jerky also prizes players who invent ways to make things happen even when the opposing defense is trying desperately to take away from that player what he generally contributes. Such was the case Friday night in the Mingua Beef Jerky Bowl. Boyle County’s Jagger Gillis had an extraordinary performance, though in an out of the ordinary sort of way. Nevertheless, we believe you will find his contributions more than deserving. We did. Enjoy the feature and join us again next week as we do all of this again. HB.

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Looking both backward and forward: a retrospective look at right now! @CentreFootball Scouting Report on where we’ve been and where we’re going… @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @1776Bank

Enjoy this news series we are sort of test running at the end of the football season entitled “Looking both backward and forward…” In this series we review Centre’s past performance while looking ahead to what is upcoming. Enjoy.

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@JohnCarterMyer1 from @scottie_glasgow is a ‘Football Player,’ from a football background. He has the ‘Scotties’ looking strong heading into the playoffs. @GlasgowDogPound @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @1776Bank

We have been seeing this prospect around many college sidelines on visits here this Fall. When you look at his “body of work” it is easy to see why he is so pursued and sought after as a next level guy. He is the son of a revered and famous former head football coach too which only adds to his luster from our vantage point. This guy here has a ton of tremendous football still in his future, wherever that future “plays out.” Enjoy the feature. HB.

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Zack Clayton from @McLeanCoHS is this week’s @1776Bank ‘Revolutionary Player.’ @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @mcleancohs1 @MCHSCoach

This week’s recipient, Zach Clayton, and his cohorts at McLean County High School had a bad night against Owensboro Catholic. Lots of Western Kentucky, Class 2A football teams can make the same claim. However, this Clayton guy has been playing really well all season as have a few of his teammates. Enjoy this look at another player who provides excellent value to the team’s bottom line. Sort of sounds like Independence Bank now doesn’t it? HB.

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@Trentoncutwrig2 from @bryanstationfb is this week’s @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer.’ @PrepSpin @1776Bank @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball

This week’s award recipient came up big in the biggest game of the year for his team to date. Trenton Cutwright had a great night in Bryan Station’s win in Richmond Friday night against highly regarded Madison Central High School. Matter of fact, the sophomore signal caller is having quite a season. Enjoy this feature. HB.

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@andrew__hobbs from @chhsbruinathl is putting together quite a year and @KyHighFootball is noticing. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @1776Bank

This guy is Andrew Hobbs and he is among the very finest defensive linemen across Kentucky in the ’23 graduating class. He is having one fine season and his Bruins are reaping the benefits. This team has proven all season it will have to be contended with as the playoffs dawn. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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In the Running…Lots of performances around Kentucky-candidates for @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer’ award. @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @PrepSpin

We had another big week and so did these guys we have featured in this weekly series. This week we feature 21-current stars among the performances “singled out.” We believe one of these guys is very likely to win the Mingua Beef Jerky Award this Wednesday. We know this…there isn’t a bad choice in this entire article. Enjoy this look at some of the very fine performances we saw this past Friday night. HB.

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Lujuan McAdoo is this week’s @1776Bank ‘Revolutionary Player.’ @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @MNHHS_Football @wfmwsports 

There is a reason the games get played on the field. Many of us around Kentucky were penciling in a victory for Hopkins County Central over Madisonville North-Hopkins last week. This week’s recipient reminded all of us there is a reason these things have to get played out on the gridiron and not on different scribes computer publishing programs. Enjoy this feature and join us next week as we do all of this once more. HB.

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@LaytonDavis4 Class of ’23 from @CaldwellCoFB is a Tiger in many, many ways… @minguabeefjerk @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @1776Bank @KyHighFootball

We have been singing this kid’s praises for years. We are seeing him around the recruiting trail and particularly at one of his many suitors. We believe there is a “leader in the clubhouse,” but you will have to read this article to find out which program we believe it to be. Enjoy the article. HB.

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@BradyHensley12 from @MCentral_FB is this week’s @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer.’ @PrepSpin @1776Bank @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball

We have a real treat for the readers today as we highlight a player we covered extensively when he was a KYMSFA superstar. Brady Hensley was part of a backfield we christened “Thunder and Lightening” when he teamed up with Kenyatta Hardge back at Caudill Middle. Well, today we give you “Lightening” who struck this past Friday night and demonstrated what about his game was so celebrated in years past and figures to be celebrated many more times in the future. Enjoy this look at Brady “Lightening” Hensley and join us next week as we award this to another worthy recipient. HB.

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In the Running…Lots of performances around Kentucky-candidates for @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer’ award. Featured Photo of @HoptownFootball’s #DavidBoswell by Wyatt Blake (YourSportsEdge.com). @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @PrepSpin

We had another big week and so did these guys we have featured in this weekly series. This week we feature 31-current stars among the performances “singled out.” We believe one of these guys is very likely to win the Mingua Beef Jerky Award this Wednesday. We know this…there isn’t a bad choice in this entire article. Enjoy this look at some of the very fine performances we saw this past Friday night. HB.

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@CamHergott24 from @BHSTigerFBall is this week’s @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer.’ @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @PrepSpin @MaxPreps

We aren’t going to lie to you. We prefer not to give this award to QBs all the time and we are really hesitant to award it to “past winners.” We strive to spread it around as there are so many weekly worthy players. However, sometimes a former winner, and even a QB, render a performance impossible to ignore. This week, Cameron Hergott, who has put up ridiculous numbers all season, had another performance we just couldn’t ignore. So, the EKU commit wins it again. At the end of this year the Mr. Football award is very likely to follow our lead. Enjoy the article. HB.

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Who’s the best freshman skill in the commonwealth? What about @MonticeQuisenb2 from @GarrardGCHS! @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

His name is Montavin Quisenberry and around KPGFootball he is just called “Q.” We believe he may be the best freshman football player in all of Kentucky particularly among the skills. This is a fine freshman class too as many are making incredible contributions to the ball club right now. Enjoy this look at the pride of Garrard County. HB.

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In the Running…Lots of performances around Kentucky-candidates for @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer’ award. @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @PrepSpin

We had another big week and so did these guys we have featured in this weekly series. This week we feature 27-current stars, one coach, and two teams among the performances “singled out.” We believe one of these guys is very likely to win the Mingua Beef Jerky Award this Wednesday. We know this…there isn’t a bad choice in this entire article. Enjoy this look at some of the very fine performances we saw this past Friday night. HB.

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@lincoln_clancy from @OCathFootball is the @1776Bank ‘Revolutionary Player of the Week.’ @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps

Clancy is a guy tailor-made for this particular award. He is gritty, tough, and a winner. Sounds like a bank we know. Anyway, Owensboro Catholic played a gauntlet of an opening five (5) games but they seem to have righted the ship just in time for the games which really matter. We believe they will slide into the playoffs hotter than blue-blazes. Players like Clancy number among the reasons why. HB.

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@ifitz03_isaiah (Isaiah Fitzpatrick) from @ACbearcatFB flying high while still traveling under the radar @MaxPreps @AppalachiaPrep @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @PrepSpin

Isaiah Fitzpatrick is among the best RBs in Kentucky ’22 class. There are high school programs in Kentucky where he would be a D-1 guy. We still think he is a D-1 guy and some team below D-1 is going to wind up with a All-conference/All-American type at its level of play. Lucky them. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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In the Running…Lots of performances around Kentucky-candidates for @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer’ award. @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @PrepSpin

We had another big week and so did these guys we have featured in this weekly series. This week we feature 24-current stars, one former star now in college, and a coach among the performances “singled out.” We believe one of these guys is very likely to win the Mingua Beef Jerky Award this Wednesday. We know this…there isn’t a bad choice in this entire article. Enjoy this look at some of the very fine performances we saw this past Friday night. HB.

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@RowdySokolowski and Gage Sokolowski, a.k.a. “The Brothers Sokolowski” from @MurrayTigerFB’s are the Independence Bank Revolutionary Players of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps

We don’t always award this to two players at once and we know the brothers Sokolowski are probably tired of being lumped together all the time but, c’mon, did you see the performance the two of them put up against 5A Christian County? Just ridiculous and both of the performances were so outstanding it would have been impossible to award this to one over the other. So, we awarded it to both. Join us again next week as we tee this up and award this prestigious honor to another player or players as the case may be. HB.

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Carter Guillaume from @StXTigersFB is the @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer’ of the Week. @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @PrepSpin @MaxPreps

Two weeks in a row we have awarded this award to an offensive lineman as we award it to Kentucky’s very best offensive center. We won’t apologize. These guys have been doing the dirty work for little to no fanfare for far too long. We believe this guy is Kentucky’s best offensive center in the game today. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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Halfway in…how are the ‘hold-backs’ doing? @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

It looks like Ky Galbreath is bucking to add his name to that of “Cameron Hergott” on the list of former 21’s, reclassified as 22’s, who have made the reclassification work for (as opposed to against) them. Many others haven’t faired nearly so well. We won’t know for a couple years for sure, but questions are already being asked. Was reclassifying good for players or not? This article may not answer the question but it does take a look at it. HB.

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In the Running…Lots of performances around Kentucky-candidates for @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer’ award. @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @PrepSpin

We had another big week and so did these guys we have featured in this weekly series. We believe one of these guys is very likely to win the Mingua Beef Jerky Award this Wednesday. We know this…there isn’t a bad choice in this entire article. Enjoy this look at some of the very fine performances we saw this past Friday night. HB.

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Report Card: The Morning After Grade on Our Dirty Dozen Picks… @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighSchool @1776Bank @PrepSpin @MaxPreps

It is one thing to claim being the “best in the business.” We prove it week after week. We have polished off a pair of consecutive 11-1’s. What is even more remarkable is the times we are able to get the score and/or margin pretty close to dead-on. Check out our prediction of the LCA/Pikeville score. Top that!

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Payton Cope from Allen County-Scottsville is this week’s @1776Bank ‘Revolutionary Player of the Week.’ @Acope01 @ACSFBCoach @acspatriotradio @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin, @MaxPreps

We have another good one for this week’s Revolutionary Player in Scottsville’s Payton Cope. Okay, technically Independence Bank doesn’t have a Scottsville branch but it has a Bowling Green branch on Scottsville Road. Looks like the commonwealth’s fast growing bank appears headed that direction anyway. Enjoy this feature and join us next week as we will do this all over and gladly. HB.

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Lucas Hughes from @HoptownFootball is the @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Player of the Week.’ @PrepSpin @1776Bank @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball

This week’s Mingua Beef Jerky’s Protein-packed performer is OT Lucas Hughes (’22) from Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Sometimes a company which prides itself on selling only the finest cuts of beef needs to recognize the guys up-front who make a living moving meat around a football field. This offensive lineman’s best football is still ahead of him. Enjoy the feature and join us again a week from today where we will do this for the next worthy recipient. HB.

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’22’s Lucas Hughes from @HoptownFootball exploded on the @CCHSColonelsFB Friday night and demonstrated why his ‘upside’ has recruiters talking… @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball

We believe in rewarding and reporting on outstanding line play at KPGFootball. We have been sent clips from the performance of Lucas Hughes from Friday night’s game with cross-town, hated rival Christian County and we must confess we were impressed. This 6-4, 270-pound class of ’22 “late bloomer” is showing that the flower which blooms last often blooms longest. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@AdrianStringer6 from @HopkinsCentral is this week’s Revolutionary Player selected by @1776Bank, the fastest growing financial institution supporting @KyHighFootball anywhere in the commonwealth. @jaden_brasher @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin, @MaxPreps @RAugsdorfer

This week’s recipient is someone who, if he hasn’t won this award yet, we have to wonder what has taken us so long to distinguish his play? He is a reclassified senior and is putting up the type production for which he is known. He is considered among the very best at his position on the western end of the commonwealth and we are very pleased to honor him today. Enjoy the feature and get on by to see your friends at Kentucky’s fastest growing financial institution, Independence Bank. Independence Bank boasts the service and products which are causing a revolution in the banking industry. Join us next week as we get the privilege of honoring another worthy recipient. HB.

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With Friday night upcoming, we picked a ‘dirty dozen’ of games and even provided, for the curious, the likely score. @minguabeefjerky @prepspin @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball

The Dirty Dozen is one of the greatest of all the cowboy movies. In honor of that film, KPGFootball decided to pick twelve outcomes from twelve big rivalry matchups upcoming tomorrow night. We used to do this all the time pre-COVID. Let’s see how we do. HB.

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@KrisHughes04 from @UCBraves is the @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Player of the Week.’ @PrepSpin @1776Bank @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball @UCHSathletics @UnionCoSchools

Guys who find multiple ways to mightily contribute to the team’s victory in more than one phase of the game always seem to impress our voters. This week we picked a guy who could have won this award based off of what he did offensively, standing alone, or what he did on special teams, standing alone. Taken together, it was just too much not to notice. Union County is absolutely red hot and looking over the remaining schedule it looks difficult to forecast a slip up down the stretch. We could be looking at a 10-0 ball club entering the playoffs. If that occurs, today’s recipient will have played a major part in that happening. HB.

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@MCentral_FB hacking its way back up the ladder. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @1776Bank @KenyattaHardge #RollTribe @BradyHensley12 @coopermmullins

Many of you have read “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. That novel introduced many of us to the character, the Cheshire Cat, who is most known for his mischievous grin. There is another mischievous grin around the Richmond, Kentucky area and he has plenty of reason to be grinning. His team is playing very well and may finish strong enough to come away with some 8th-District, Class 6A hardware. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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In the Running…Lots of performances around Kentucky-candidates for @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer’ award. @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @PrepSpin

The featured photograph is of Corithian Seales-Portee of Union County. He had a really great night last Friday and he certainly wasn’t alone. By the way, this photograph was taken by Allison Evans for “The Crittenden Press.” Enjoy this regularly appearing series, “In the Running,” to learn more about “who is doing what” around the commonwealth. HB.

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Is @LCA_Football the ‘best that has ever been’ in Kentucky’s Class 2A? @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @CoachDCharles

Is this team or that the best ever in Kentucky in its classification is heady and speculative talk. That aside, after the first four or so weeks of the season we have to wonder if LCA may not be the best 2A football team in Kentucky history? We believe the question is legitimate and fair. Here is our argumentative proof. HB.

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@hawkins_tristen from @BHSBRUINS is the @1776Bank ‘Revolutionary Player of the Week.’ @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball @Ballard_Sports @JadairionS

For this week’s award we head back to the Derby City where some mighty fine football is played and exceptional banking is daily rendered. This week we honor the QB/ATH who finds countless ways to contribute to the success of his squad, C/O ’23’s Tristen Hawkins. Enjoy this feature and join us again next week! HB.

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September 7, 2021 Bluebird, Wildcat, and Racer Rob Reynolds went to join his best friend, John Schlarman. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @UKFootball @racersfootball @fthhsathletics

Rob Reynolds was John Schlarman’s very best friend. He was one of the first people interviewed when Coach Schlarman passed. Now Rob Reynolds has gone to be with his friend, leaving behind a commonwealth full of people mourning his loss. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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Chase Mims from @BLESbobcats is the @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Player of the Week.’ @PrepSpin @1776Bank @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball @BLESbobcats @jammin_jamey @WMDJFM100Sports @DavidandDarryl

We went a little off-script this week. For the first time since the award was incepted, we awarded the prize to a player whose information wasn’t included within the Monday article, “In the Running…” Hey, we have to keep people honest and mix-it-up occasionally. Anyway, enjoy this look at one of Kentucky’s undiscovered diamonds in the rough, Betsy Layne’s Chase Mims, 6-5, 215-pound QB and class of ’22 standout! HB.

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@c_pennington10, c/o ’22 QB committed to @HerdFB is filling the Friday night air with footballs. @sayrespartans @lexsayrefb @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball

Being a Pennington isn’t easy. Being a Pennington headed to Marshall to play QB will prove to be even more challenging. So far Cole Pennington has performed excellently and led a new program to unprecedented heights in 1A’s toughest district. Enjoy this feature about an acorn which didn’t fall too far from its tree. HB.

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In the Running…Lots of performances around Kentucky-candidates for @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer’ award. @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @PrepSpin

For the third consecutive week we canvass the commonwealth digging for exceptional performances to highlight and perhaps reward. This week we featured some 21 or so performances, and 26 if you want to count the offensive line from Madisonville who will be tough to beat for any award with their performance from this past weekend. Anyway, here is this week’s “In the Running…” Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@coachthomp9 star RB, Malachi Rider, from @pths_football is @1776Bank ‘Revolutionary Player of the Week.’ @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @MaxPreps

This week’s ‘Revolutionary Player’ may among Kentucky’s most highly decorated and recruited player in the ’24 class at the RB slot. If not the highest, he is certainly among them. He had a tremendous night against the Eagles of Graves County though, regrettably for his teammates and him, in a losing cause. Join us again a week from today and we will do all this once more. HB.

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Ethan Gough from @SrHighFootball; in @KyHighFootball are ‘Goughs’ ever really freshmen? @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @1776Bank @AGLOADING26

What do you do when you are joining a roster your big brother just left as the school’s all-time, career tackler. Ethan Gough would say just take his number and show everyone you can play a little football too. That is exactly what Ethan “Big E” Gough is doing. Better watch out Red Devil opponents, there’s more to come from a No. 26 named Gough on that Senior High team going forward. KPGFootball is glad to be well position to enjoy the ride! Enjoy the feature. HB.

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Breathitt’s Eli Thomas (’28) blazing a difficult trail for others to follow. #NorthforkLumberjacks @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball @Maxpreps @PrepSpin Featured photo: James Fugate/for the ‘Jackson Times-Voice’

Eli Thomas may be our first ’28 to feature on this site. Oh well, gotta start somewhere. This young phenom is a star in the backfield for one of the finer youth programs in the eastern part of Kentucky, the Northfork Lumberjacks. Enjoy this look at a kid whose name is one you will likely hear many times over in coming seasons. HB.

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In the Running…lots of performances from around Kentucky viable candidates for this week’s @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer’ award. @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @PrepSpin

Twenty-four (24) players had their performances highlighted in this week’s edition of “In the Running” and were placed into nomination for the weekly Mingua Beef Jerky “Protein-packed Performer” Award. Who will win it? We’ll just have to wait and see. Enjoy this look at some of the remarkable performances around the KHSAA. HB.

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Remembering “C6H0” 100-years later… @minguabeefjerky @CentreFootball @MaxPreps @PrepSpin

Several places on the Centre College campus you will find what appears to be some elemental compound or formula for some substance on the periodic table, “C6H0.” What does it represent? Well, on October 29, 1921 it was the formula for disaster for the Harvard Crimson’s undefeated football team on New York’s “Polo Grounds.” We take a look back at this remarkable game. HB.

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@JadairionS (Edge Beast) from @BHSBRUINS is @1776Bank ‘Revolutionary Player of the Week.’ @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @Ballard_Sports

This week’s ‘Revolutionary Player’ may be Kentucky’s most highly decorated and recruited player in the ’22 class. If not the highest, he is certainly among them. He had a tremendous night against the Tigers of Hoptown in spite of his not playing as many snaps as opponents will like see from him in succeeding weeks. Join us again a week from today and we will do all this once more. HB.

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@jacksivori2, ’22 QB, comes back from injury stronger than ever! @StXTigersFB @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @Maxpreps

Has Jack Sivori proven he’s among the best dual-threat guys in Kentucky in out-dueling Owensboro’s Gavin Wimsatt this past Friday night at Red Devil stadium? We’re not sure. We are sure he has shown himself to be fully restored post-labrum surgery and his high ankle sprain. Enjoy this feature. HB.

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@PolstonDrew from @PulaskiCoSports is the @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer’ of the Week. @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @JohnHines66

There is a QB in Kentucky who could win this award every week. QB is one which gets tons of attention owing to the nature of the position. We try not to award this to just the glory positions but we spread it around to the less glorious ones also. Every now and then a signal-caller has a night which just can’t be ignored. The night Polston had against the strongest program in the 3A Classification was such a night to us. Congratulations to Drew Polston and join us next week as we tee this up and do it all again. HB.

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@omarion_riddick from @toddco_football is not only the little engine that can…he’s the little engine that does! Feature Photo: YourSportsEdge @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @MaxPreps

Omarion Riddick has quietly been producing big-time since transferring to 2A Todd County from 5A Christian County. Riddick tore it up this past Friday night and the casualty happened to be Trigg County’s Wildcats. Didn’t see this one coming, did you? HB.

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In the Running…lots of performances from around Kentucky viable candidates for this week’s @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer’ award. @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @PrepSpin

There were some exceptional performances around the commonwealth of Kentucky which will make the selection of a Mingua Beef Jerky “Protein-packed Performer” especially challenging this week. Any of the performances listed in this article could win it. All of these players have been nominated. Enjoy this look at what we found particularly noteworthy from the Kentucky high school gridiron this past weekend. HB.

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Season Openers from Around the Horn… Featured Photo: Matt Hughes/for the Messenger @minguabeefjerky @MaxPreps @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @AdrianStringer6 @omarion_riddick @PaintsvilleFB @PikevilleHSFB @TriggFootball @toddco_football

Statistics haven’t been posted yet for many performances we would have loved to cover for you. That is the case every year as we fight to morph our coverage from the out of season stuff to the in-season content. Bear with us. Here are just a few of the exceptional and noteworthy performances from last night’s action. Enjoy. HB.

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Coach Lucas McLemore from @HopkinsCentral is this week’s Revolutionary Coach/Player selected by @1776Bank, the fastest growing financial institution supporting @KyHighFootball anywhere in the commonwealth. @jaden_brasher @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin, @MaxPreps

There is some precedence for this award being given to a coach and not a player. We have a distinct recollection of having done it one time prior to this, but even should our memory be faulty, it is high-time it happened. Quality coaching makes such a difference at the High School level of competition and The Storm has hired a great coach to help “coach-up” the QB-position, which is loaded this year (by the way) on The Storm’s ’21 roster. Enjoy this feature and join us again next week when we reward another fine player or coach. HB.

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@JaycobDavis77 from @FCHSPILOTSFB maybe the biggest ’25 in Kentucky! Can @JamesBridgesFC make him the baddest? @minugabeefjerky @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

You won’t find a bigger player in the ’25 class if you scour the entire commonwealth. Jaycob Davis, at 6-4, 405-pounds, will be called upon to play early and often at a 1A program on the western end of Kentucky which produces quite a lot of talent. Enjoy this look at a monster OL prospect who seems to “get it.” HB.

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@Daisjaunm1 (Daisjaun Mercer) from @HoptownFootball is the @Minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the week! @1776Bank @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball @EKUFootball @EKUWWells @g_mcpeek

The Hoptown Tigers are LOADED! We had an agent at the Tigers scrimmage with Class 6A McCracken and they came away impressed. Their words reporting back to the office at the first of the week were, “These guys look all the way back to me…like mid-90s back!” That is saying quite a bit. It also means we likely had a serious omission from our preseason Top-5 in the 4A classification. However far the Tigers go this coming season, they will lean heavily on Daisjaun Mercer, this week’s award recipient for the reasons we have detailed herein. Friday night we have season openers so this is our last offseason award. It is all over but the crying now. Join us next week as we give this award to another worthy recipient. HB.

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Better climb aboard Bulldogs, ’21 is your last opportunity to ride the “Night Train.” @TrellNighttrain (Martrell Horton) is pulling out of the @Dawgs_Athletics station for its final run! @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @CoachWatson11

His is one of Kentucky High School football’s better nicknames. Enjoy this feature about Martrell “Night Train” Horton. Horton is one of the more dynamic and explosive players in Kentucky 5A football particularly in Louisville. Horton plays for Fairdale High School and the Bulldogs figure to be quite good again in ’21. HB.

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Is this the face of Kentucky’s best two-way, ’26 lineman? For our money it is… @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @1776Bank @bchsbaby @BreathittCoach @SawyerHall19

The words, “the best…” can get thrown around and excessively used. No outfit is anymore aware of this than we. In the end, it amounts to a bunch of hyperbole and little more most times. However, every now and then the term is used and appears accurate. This may well be one of those times. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@PrestonBC00 from Boone County a young ‘up and comer’ with plenty of potential. @BCHS_Rebels1955 @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Right off the bat you have to love the personality of any lineman who choses to wear “00” as a number. This is a young ’26 prospect who has the type of frame which indicates there is literally no telling how big he gets in the end. He seems to have plenty of length and good feet and athleticism right now, which is something you don’t always find in “bigs” his age. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@H_Bradley16 from @McCrackenCounty is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball @McCrackenHFC

The Independence Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week Award is among the commonwealth’s oldest and most respected weekly awards. Of course, Mr. Football is the ultimate award for any high school player in Kentucky to win. It is a huge honor just to be in the running. This week’s Revolutionary Player has been named to the preseason “Watch List” for Mr. Football. That is quite an honor. So is winning this. The details about why he has been so honored by us today is within this feature. Enjoy and join us next week as we award another distinction to another worthy middle or high school player. HB.

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Twenty-five’s “Fantastic-Five;” Five (5)-Frosh Hitting the Field for their teams this Fall! @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball

Here are five (5) freshmen we believe will play this coming year. Some of these guys play for lower level teams which routinely challenge for titles at the respective classifications and others play for teams playing in large classifications where freshmen rarely see Friday Night action. All five of these guys here are just too good not to play, and therefore, we are saying they definitely will. Enjoy the feature. Get ready for the coming season! HB.

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Isaac “Wheels” Turner from @bchsbaby is the @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer of the Week.’ @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @MaxPreps @PrepSpin @BreathittCoach

An agent of the magazine was at this scrimmage which was “Meet the Cougars” night at Letcher Central. The Cougars got to meet one of Breathitt’s more potent offensive weapons for the ’21 season in Isaac “Wheels” Turner. Turner was scintillating in this scrimmage and gave a foreshadowing of what kind of threat he poses opposing defenses on the schedule in ’21. Enjoy this feature and join us next week as this gets awarded to another fine recipient. HB.

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@KnoxStory from @MHSCardinalsFB looking to #Riseup in ’21. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @mhscoachjoe

We believe Knox Story from Mayfield will offer the Cardinals some steady and consistent play along the offensive front in ’21. We also believe his ending up a NASA scientist isn’t out of the question either. This is a kid we think will play quality snaps this coming year as we look for Mayfield to #Riseup! Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@ShyhiemDrew from @DunbarBulldogs1 maybe the ‘best kept secret’ in Lexington, KY. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @MaxPreps

It would be hard to imagine a prospect at either WR or OLB in Kentucky’s ’22 class who more “looked the part” than Shyhiem Drew. At 6-5, 210-pounds with tons of athleticism and length, he certainly looks the part of a “big-time” football star and prospect. His performance, thus far, hasn’t been what one would expect but we believe his best football is ahead of him. A college will give him the opportunity to hone his skills, either on the hardwood or the gridiron, and if properly developed some lucky school will be getting quite a catch. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@vpalladino_5 from @Tomcat_football better come ready to carry the load in ’21! @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps @1776Bank

They just keep reloading at programs like Ashland-Blazer. Vinnie Palladino is poised to step up and take the reins in the offensive backfield and continue his defensive contributions too. He will be recruited heavily in the coming year and will end up playing collegiately is our educated guess. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@kadenmoorman4 from @FranklinCoHS is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week! @minguabeefjerky @BadgerFootball @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps

This kid has to be the number one or two athlete in Kentucky’s ’23 class of high school prospects. That is why it was shocking we have never before awarded him this coveted title. Well, Independence Bank and we thought we might do something about that this week! Enjoy this feature. HB.

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@ashton_adams14 from @MasonCoFootball is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the Week. @PrepSpin @CentreFootball @MaxPreps @1776Bank

Mingua Beef Jerky appears to really appreciate versatility. Maybe that is the reason its superior product comes in a variety of forms and in many different delicious flavors. Ashton Adams reminds us of a guy who won this prestigious award for his play in ’20, Breathitt’s Lane Weddle. Adams adds so much production and value to his roster and lineup. Colleges are taking notice. Enjoy this feature. HB.

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Lucas Hughes from @HoptownFootball is our last break-out player of this offseason… @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

This is a kid who has developed late and is young for his age. He didn’t elect to stay-back under SB-128 so he will graduate as a young senior in the ’22 class. He gets better and better every year and he also keeps getting bigger, badder, and thicker every time we look his direction. We have no problem believing he will have a tremendous, break-out year for the Tigers in ’21. Season’s around the corner, ain’t nothing left but the getting! Enjoy this feature. HB.

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Some guys just look the part. Guys like @browncaleb29 from @WoodfordFBall for instance. @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

This guy didn’t get a ton of varsity action over his sophomore year but he did get some. By the end of the shortened season, he was looking more and more like a player the team would, one-day, rely on heavily. We think the time is now. He has put in the work and his frame and dimensions are perfect for where he projects capable of playing. Ladies and Gentlemen, we give you Caleb Brown! Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@jakobebiggerst1 from @DunbarBulldogs1 set to have a tremendous, break-out year! @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Here is a guy who we believe will become close to a household word around his part of Kentucky this coming Fall. He showed glimpses of what he could do in ’20 but ’21, his junior year, promises to showcase his full capabilities particularly over the course of a full season. Expect this guy to “blow-up big-time!” Remember from where you heard this first. HB.

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@BigMicgetbusy from @StXTigersFB is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @g_mcpeek @EKUWWells @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

This week’s “Revolutionary Player of the Week” is St. Xavier’s Micah Carter. The 6-5, 250-pounder is one of Kentucky’s very best at his position in either the ’23 class or any other. He already has an impressive list of offers and won the Defensive MVP of the EKU Big Man Challenge this past Saturday. Congratulations to Carter and join us again a week from today when we award this to another fine recipient. HB.

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The Preseason Top-5 in the 6A-Classification. Warning: surprises herein! @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

This is the final installment of our Preseason Top-5s for each of Kentucky’s 6-classifications. If you think this is easy, then sit right down and write 30-features defending each of the 30-teams you believe to be the best returning in ’21 from a year ago. It takes a ton of time and effort. We hope you enjoy it. Here is our look at 6A. HB.

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@Tommyrosenbarg1 (Tommy Rosenbarger) from @StXTigersFB is this week’s @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer. @g_mcpeek @EKUWWells @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

We were pleased to attend the Eastern Kentucky University Seven on Seven and Big Man Challenge this past Saturday in Richmond, Kentucky. We were so thrilled to get to attend we sent two guys as Fletcher Long and I rode together. We are awarding the OL MVP this award today and this Friday the Defensive MVP will be the “Revolutionary Player of the Week” for Independence Bank. The event was worthy of sweeping the weekly awards. It was just that good. Enjoy this feature and get yourself some of the world’s finest beef jerky today! HB.

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@CannonPigskin (Cannon Mackley) from @LexCathFootball looks to be on the rise. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Cannon Mackley may have only gotten a single night’s varsity burn a year ago but this is a kid we are convinced will factor way more into the Knights’ plans going forward in ’21. Hey, you pay us to find for you the stars of the future before anyone else. We feel we have done that here. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@LucasWyatt8 from @FootballJCHS is set on taking advantage of second chances. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @JCAthletics_

Lucas Wyatt plays for the preeminent offensive line in Kentucky High School football. They are called the “Pancake Platoon” and nobody gets down hill in the run game like the Johnson Central Eagles. Everyone in the stadium knows it’s coming; yet, no one can stop it. Enjoy this feature about a leader along that front stationed at LT but destined to move to guard next level. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@briiiann23 (Brian Thomas, c/0 ’22) from @pths_football (Paducah Tilghman) a big time, 3rd-level defensive prospect! @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @1776Bank @Lemmingscouting

We just learned Brian Thomas will be back at Tilghman for the ’21 season. If his production should increase proportionately to how it increased from ’19 to ’20, our pick of “The Blue Tornado” at number two in the preseason Class 3A football poll is looking better all the time. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@ArmonTucker from @TrinityHSFB is this week’s @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @trinitysports @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

Trinity has before complained we don’t cover them sufficiently. We would beg to differ as we have feature quite a few of its primetime players through the years but we probably don’t write about Kentucky’s most talented roster as much as we could. Of course, we can’t just perpetually feature one team, unless their hiring. Anyway, this kid here will play big-time, college football because of his speed, regardless of what he does or doesn’t do on the football field. Good thing he is good on the football field too. Enjoy the feature and join us next week as we award this to another worthy player. HB.

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The Preseason Top-5 in the 5A-Classification. Some stalwarts and a surprise await you! @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

We have been projecting the top-5 team, preseason, in each of Kentucky’s six-classifications. We have been bold in some of our predictions, picking some wild cards we aren’t sure everyone would pick. Here is how we see Class 5A fleshing out. If we didn’t pick your team and you see a district opponent listed among our top-5, that means we don’t think you see round three. Let the water-cooler debates commence. HB.

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@jake_nashty (Jake Nash), c/o ’22, from @LexCathFootball is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the Week. @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball

We have made it no secret we enjoy publicizing the players who rarely get any publicity, the offensive linemen across Kentucky. Well, if I were putting together a line of scrimmage from all of the linemen across the commonwealth of Kentucky to play a football game, the Big Nashty would be prominently discussed as a starter on this line. Congratulations to him on winning this week’s award and join us next week as we award this to another outstanding player from across Kentucky. HB.

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@Jacob-Dewitt18 from @eaglesfb ready for his ‘last ride.’ @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @Coach_AScott

It isn’t just our job to point out the guys on the gridiron who have arrived. We have a duty to forecast the guys who are soon to arrive. Who knows the “big deal” Jacob Dewitt would be today had he been granted a “real” junior season. That is water under the bridge now. Wait until you see what he’s about to do! Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@Matt_Davis32 from @PaintsvilleFB plans to help take his Tigers back for a second championship. @PaintsvilleAth @Bmelvin66 @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Here is one of his classification’s very best two-way linemen. Matthew Davis has led his team to the “Promised Land” once; can they return? Well, that is the 64-dollar question isn’t it? Enjoy this look at a player who will certainly leave his mark in ’21 and will be moving on to “Saturday Ball” come the Fall of ’22. HB.

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@RylanGeorge1 from @UCBraves is about to run away from his competition. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Sometimes predicting stardom in the future for some athletes is just too easy. Such was the case for Rylan George. George is a ’24 prospect about whom everyone will know in very short order. One day, we will look back on this article and wonder how in the world we were the first to predict this. We believe this may be a “Power 5” guy going forward. HB.

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@Jaxonpanariello from @StXTigersFB is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

Here is a superstar who has already found the top of the leader board in numerous statistical categories for Louisville St. Xavier’s defensive unit in ’20 while only a sophomore. Guess what, he played as a freshman too, something which “never happens” to hear people talk. This kid here will be a household word across Kentucky before the coming season has expired. If we learn to spell “Panariello” all of our collective IQs will increase too. Won’t that be swell? Join us again next week as we crown another lucky Revolutionary Player of the Week. HB.

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Preseason look at Class 4A; here’s our look at the top 5. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

These preseason polls have been super hard to research and write. For one, SB-128 has made forecasting who’s back and who’s moved on super dicey to predict. Thank the Lord for Twitter. Here is our look at Class 4A. This classification figures to be super competitive, especially for the 5th slot in the poll as 6-8 teams could have been slotted there. Anyway, it is all for fun. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@BClark_10_2021 from @BardstownFootb1 is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the Week. @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

This is another kid who decided to reclassify under SB-128. Like QB, Cameron Hergott, before him; it appears to us this decision may just pay off big time for the ’22 QB. Brady Clark has all the intangibles and tangibles colleges crave for his position. Now he has him a sweet T-shirt and a box of the best jerky product on the market headed his direction. Join us next week when we award this to another lucky recipient. HB.

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@Sahvonhines2 (’23) from @SrHighFootball is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

Sahvon Hines is a player we have before covered when he was an All-American in middle school. We told you then he was going to be a terror off the edge for the Red Devils one day. Well,…got this one right! Enjoy this feature on one of ’23s very finest DEs in all of Kentucky. Join us again next week as Independence Bank crowns another Revolutionary Player of the Week. HB.

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Preseason look at Class 3A; here’s our top-5 heading into ’21. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball

This should start a ton of crap. Class 3A was particularly hard to predict this preseason. First of all, there were so many teams from a year ago completely decimated by graduation. There may be even better players waiting in the wings to take the departing players’ place but that is something hard for us to know. We don’t pick teams in our top-5 who can’t make it out of the district round of the playoffs in our estimation. This bothered the Murray High fans when we released our 2A top-5 and they were excluded. It is simple, we don’t see them getting past Mayfield two years in a row. Anyhow, here is our take concerning the 3A classification. Enjoy the feature. Let the debate commence. HB.

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@blakebirchfiel1 from @PikevilleHSFB is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the week! @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @AppalachiaPrep

Talk about an exceptional athlete, the Kentucky high school ranks may not have one superior to Blake Birchfield. He is a guy who pitches in and helps his ball club every conceivable way. Mingua Beef Jerky admires people like that. They feed and clothe people like that too. Join us next week as we award this to another worthy player. HB.

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@zaccarter54 from Meece Middle School (c/o ’26); how can he possibly be in middle school? @mingubeefjerky @PrepSpin @KENTUCKYFUTURESTARS @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @18_hatcher

It is very important to continually update your database with the upcoming stars of the Kentucky high school football world. This guy is one you will be hearing a lot about going forward. You might do well to go ahead and write down his name. It is Zac Carter and he is a Kentucky Future Star. Enjoy this feature. HB.

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@JackHMonday from Lexington Catholic will be leading off lots of weeks over the course of the ’21 season. @BlueColonels @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @Minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @CentreFootball

Well, let’s kick off Monday morning with a feature about Jack Monday from Lexington Catholic High School. Jack is a ’22 prospect who plays LB/WR in the 4A classification for one of its premier programs. You don’t always see that O/D combination. Enjoy this feature about a kid who figures to light it up this coming season. HB.

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@treymann_1 (Trey Sedgwick, c/o ’26 WR) is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @KYFUTURESTARS @TNFutureStars

This week’s Revolutionary Player is one we had the pleasure of watching in the recent Tennessee/Kentucky Future Stars Classic. We believe he had the best game turned in by a WR at his stage of development we have ever before seen. That is mighty high praise indeed. Join us again next week as we award this very prestigious award to another outstanding recipient. HB.

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Preseason look at Class 2A; here are our Top-5 heading into ’21. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball

Can’t wait to see the debate this is sure to facilitate. This should get posted on quite a few bulletin boards across Kentucky. That’s okay, it is why we are here. We are ranking, preseason, the top-five teams in each of Kentucky’s 6-Classifications. We will do this every Thursday. Today, we give you how we see the 2A classification finishing. Let the arguments begin…Ready! Set! Go! HB.

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@AndrewJones2022 from @DunbarBulldogs1 is the @Minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the Week! @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @CentreFootball

We have quite the specimen for you this week. Andrew Jones from Paul Laurence Dunbar is one of the very best players in Kentucky at his listed positions of TE/LB. In college, it is literally anyone’s guess where he will be played. He literally could play either. Enjoy this look at one of ’22s most intriguing college prospects and join us next week as we do all of this once more… HB Lyon.

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@w_rodriguez10 (Willie Rodriguez) from @CovCathFootball is set to have a really big year in ’21 @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

Anyone can tell you who the stars are in the KHSS football world after they have arrived. The trick is to tell readers before hand. This kid here has the tools to be the “next big thing” in Northern Kentucky football. Will he be? Yes, we strongly believe he will. He’s too good of an athlete not to thrive in athletic competitions. Enjoy this look at a kid who is a ’24 guy about to hit the lineup for the Colonels in ’21 we forecast. As we always say, remember from where you first heard this! HB.

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Recruiting ‘heating up’ for @KPelfrey32 from @FootballJCHS. Here’s why the ’22 football star is such a find! @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @JCAthletics_

This kid is a prospect we told you a year ago was one of the finest athletes in Kentucky’s ’22 class of prospects. We still believe this. He is a two-sport, elite, high school player who Centre has offered early meaning the Colonels aren’t shy about publishing they really, really want him. Enjoy this feature. HB.

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Javion Wallace, Class of ’25, from @CHSJacketFB is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @PrepSpin @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball @KYFUTURESTARS

It is time, once again, to award the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. We have a real good one for you today as we highlight one of ’25s elite third level defenders. Javion Wallace is a corner who is physical with a capital “P.” It won’t take too long for him to find the field even playing for one of Kentucky’s more talent-laden rosters. Enjoy this look at this young superstar and join us again a week from today where we will do this once more. HB.

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Pike County’s Jayden Justice, Class of ’27, is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Player of the Week! @1776Bank @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @PCHawksHangout

We don’t generally write features or award these type distinctions to 6th-graders. However, we haven’t seen many 6th-graders ball out like what we witnessed from Jayden Justice this past weekend in Nashville, Tennessee leading Kentucky over Tennessee in the Future Stars game. He was really something and the game couldn’t have been more exciting. Join us next week as we do all of this once more… HB Lyon.

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@Grant_Vaught (’22) from @LCA_Football is turning heads heading into ’21. @CoachDCharles @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @Oakley_Watkins

This kid has garnered an early offer from the most prestigious liberal arts college in the commonwealth which also has a fantastic football program. There isn’t a hotter college recruiting Kentucky and surrounding states right now than the Colonels from Centre College. Vaught is just another reminder of this fact. This kid is a top-tier, high-school performer and one of the elite players in Lexington, Kentucky. This article should explain it well enough.

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You know you’re team’s loaded when @Jeffrey Selby ’22 from @LCA_Football is the ‘other linebacker.’ @CoachAndyFrye @CoachDCharles @Oakley_Watkins @CoachWright85 @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Can you even imagine a team so full and bursting with talent that a player like Jeffrey Selby is known as “the other linebacker.” This kid would be the featured defender on any other team outside of maybe Louisville Trinity in the commonwealth. He has pulled the prized offer from Kentucky’s most prestigious small-college and he has the scores and ability to thrive there. He is perfect for Centre, an inch or two short of where D-1 thinks they have to have you but D-1 in every other skill-set aside from height. Enjoy this feature. HB.

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Is Trey Cotton ’25s premier WR? Mark us down for a ‘yes.’ @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @1776Bank @BallardFball @KYFUTURESTARS

His name is Trey Cotton and people have told us he is headed to Ballard in Louisville to play his high school football. He is from Pewee Valley, Kentucky and may well be the very best WR in Kentucky’s ’25 class. You won’t find an article about him anywhere online but here. That is why we are who we are. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@Zack7Claudio, c/o ’22, from @FranklinCoHS is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

We thought we would stick around the Frankfort area and feature a young man whose ’20 performance was, frankly, incredible. If Zach Claudio could replicate his ’20 numbers with similar numbers in ’21 we could be looking at a “Mr. Football” candidate. Enjoy this look at an exceptional performer and join us a week from today when we feature another outstanding player. HB.

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@joe_humphreys2 from @DCHS_Football is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the Week. @1776Bank @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @TheOwensboro

This week’s Protein-packed Performer of the week get little attention even though he is a 3-star, nationally rated QB-prospect playing 6A football in one of Kentucky’s more densely populated areas. Of course, the QB playing cross-town, at Owensboro Senior, is also among Kentucky’s top signal callers in the same graduating class, ’22. Enjoy this look at Joe Humphreys from Daviess County and remember to join us again next week as we award this distinction to another fine player and outstanding student and citizen. HB.

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@b_anthony2305 (Brenden Anthony), Class of ’25, from @PikevilleHSFB, is turning quite a few heads with his play. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball

Brenden Anthony is one of Kentucky’s very finest at the MLB position Kentucky-wide in the ’25 class. We think he gets some varsity burn this year even though a freshman attempting to mesh into one of the most talented rosters at that classification of play. Enjoy this look at a top-5 player at his positions and with his particular skill-set. HB.

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@aaronkl32161132 (Aaron Klein) from @ScottCoSports and @cards_football seems a sure bet to break out in ’21 to us. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

A guy who has been killing out on the combine/camp circuit is very likely to take over for the departed Zane Patton behind center triggering the Cardinals offense in ’21. Enjoy this look at a guy who will hit the varsity lineup, full-throttle, in 2021 and may never look backwards. Enjoy this look at Aaron Klein. HB.

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@azeeno_ (Azeno Williams) from @WeAreFrankfort is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @SpokenByBrogan

There are some amazing young football players in areas where Independence Bank flourishes. One such place is Frankfort High School. When one thinks of Frankfort high schools, Franklin County is easy to dominate the conversation, as they are the Class 4A power coming off a KHSAA Title Game appearance. They are playing some football around Class 1A Frankfort High School too especially in the Williams household. Enjoy this feature and join us again a week from today when we will educate you on another Revolutionary Performer. HB.

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Breaking News: @Jeremiah_Riffle from @hurricanehighwv will play in ’21 for @LCA_Football. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

With all of the talent already there, guys like Tyler Morris, Xavier Brown, Anthony Johns, and Mason Moore, plus the guys reclassifying like Drew Nieves and Mattie Lebryk, it is hard to imagine the Eagles having any need in the lineup. However, they are attracting it anyway. RB Jeremiah Riffle from WV has moved in and will compete for a spot in the offensive backfield behind some of the best OL talent the Kentucky high school game has at its disposal. Man oh man, are they going to be a difficult obstacle in ’21. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@CodyRito_ from @TrojanFBall18 is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the Week. @1776Bank @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

Here is another tough as nails football player in the commonwealth of Kentucky. He’s another player some recruiters would label undersized, though we see production around KPGFootball and not frame. Rito can flat play. Like we said last week, kids with the talent to overcome their frames and put their teams in position to succeed should be celebrated. Congratulations to Cody Rito from Glasgow’s Barren County High School and join us again next week as we celebrate another one-of-a-kind performer. HB.

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We don’t believe we are going out on much of a limb here, but we believe @Finck579905 (Peighton Finck, c/o ’23, ILB) from @CovCathFootball is set to ‘Break-out’ in ’21. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

One of our rarer gifts is being able to project future stars. We are quite good at this and have loads of examples from the past where we were literally the first publication to foresee a player’s rise to stardom. We are doing it again, and right here, right now. Enjoy the feature and when this kid “breaks-out,” remember where you first heard it! HB.

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@Will15Rich from @LCA_Football may be ’24’s best TE/OLB prospect and it may not even be close. @JDMLCAFootball @CoachDCharles @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball

This guy’s motto is “Obsessed with Greatness.” It shows. You won’t hear nearly as glowing tributes from coaches as you hear about Will Rich, a ’24 TE/OLB prospect who is especially turning heads at TE. Enjoy this feature and, for heaven’s sake, write this name down and try to remember it! HB.

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@galbreath_kylan from @MHSCardinalsFB has reclassified as a ’22 and has both his team and himself ready to roll in ’21. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

It would appear, if Twitter is any indication, the “King of the West” at the RB position, Mayfield’s Kylan Galbreath has reclassified and will be back in the Cardinals backfield for a full ’21 season. We are glad to hear it and hope this is accurate. Enjoy this look at a RB who puts the Cardinals squarely in the 2A-Title hunt in ’21, where they seem to be every year, even the “down” ones. HB.

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Class of ’24, Hunter Monroe from @OCathFootball is this week’s Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

This week’s Revolutionary Player is a prime example of the level of production some programs are getting from first-year players. By first-year players we are referencing freshmen and not players who have been seasoned on the JV field. It truly is remarkable what guys like this week’s recipient have been able to accomplish. Should be fun watching this guy continue to develop and compete. Enjoy the feature and join us next week as we reward another worthy player. HB.

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@GusHowlett1 from @ScottEagles is definitely “Soaring Above the Rest.” @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball

Scott High’s motto is “Soaring Above the Rest.” Gus Howlett’s motto appears to be the same if we are gauging it from his on-field production in ’20. This guy is back in ’21 and he will be called upon to lead his team back from the abyss of a terrible season. He has the talent. He has shown he can put up the numbers. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@AmodeusTaylor from @bryanstationfb is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the Week. @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @1776Bank

This kid here, if size were the determining factor, has no business playing where 6A Bryan Station has him deployed. Yet, here he is statistically among the most productive linebackers in the entire commonwealth. Kids with the talent to overcome their frames and put their teams in position to succeed should be celebrated. Congratulations to Amodeus Taylor from Lexington’s Bryan Station High School and join us again next week as we celebrate another one-of-a-kind performer. HB.

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RB/OLB @JveontaeEmerson (Jay Emerson) from @wjfootballcolts has set himself up for a huge ’21 season. @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball

Many people around Kentucky believe it is J’Veontae Emerson’s time to shine. He reminds some of us around the magazine of North-Hopkins’ Jariah Hightower (Class of 2019) and that is quite the compliment in deed if you look at what Hightower did his final two seasons. Will Emerson do likewise? We ultimately don’t know but we believe he has similar skills and a similar frame. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@CamThomas2026_3 (Cam Thomas), c/o ’26, from @FootMiddle getting ready for the Future Stars and much more. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank…Happy Memorial Day!

Don’t hold us to this, but we believe this is the first c/o ’26 player we have featured and Happy Memorial Day by the way. Cam Thomas and his Team Kentucky Future Star teammates are going to play their Tennessee counterparts in June in Nashville, Tennessee. We hope you will get to Nashville and watch what is incredibly sound and well played football by the best players either state has available. It is football at that grade level like you have never seen it played. You will be amazed. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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Jake Harmeyer (@JakeHarmeyer) from @CooperFootball, Class of ’23, is our next ‘Breakout Performer’ for ’21. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

There are many, many unknown football players across Kentucky. It is one reason we spend the offseason apprising our readers of where to look for the upcoming Fall heroes. Northern Kentucky is an area we are trying to give more attention as we feel these kids are player about whom we don’t know enough. We hope the Northern Kentucky folks (at least) appreciate our effort. Enjoy this feature about a Northern Kentucky kid who is a fine high-school player with limitless college potential. HB.

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@JerrickWillia17 from @SrHighFootball is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @AppalachiaPrep @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

We have been focusing on the young Kentucky players who braved the challenges presented this past weekend at the prestigious Appalachia Prep Combine in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Young Jerrick Williams, from Owensboro High School was among their number. Enjoy this look at a kid who figures to frame out to the edge if his present growth rate continues as long as it appears it will. Enjoy the feature and join us again next week as we anoint another worthy recipient. HB.

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@BrentonWilloug1, Class of ’23, is ready to get on the field for @FbKnox. All indications are they are equally excited about him. @PrepSpin @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @KyHighFootball

Brenton Willoughby will play for Knox Central in ’21 and nobody is more excited than the people in Barbourville, Kentucky. This kid is a warhorse and has to be among the best ’23s anywhere across the commonwealth of Kentucky. If you want to know why that is, we have some answers for you in this article. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@landonsmith204, class of ’23, from @kccpatriots is this week’s @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer. @AppalachiaPrep @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @Logan_Smith17

Nobody has demonstrated a better eye for talent than the staff down at the Appalachia Prep Combine. So we thought it would be fun, as the APC was this last weekend, to let the Director of the APC, JT Powell, pick this year’s winner. Well he has chosen. Enjoy the feature and join us again next week when we adorn a new winner. HB.

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@jovarigamble04 from @RVKPanthers Football program is returning the program to its former glory. @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @PrepSpin @RVKFootball @Coach__MikeB Featured Photo: Bac Totrong, bgdailynews.com

Jovari Gamble is a prime example of a kid whose recruitment suffers a little from not playing football in a larger town and in a bigger classification. Hey, we can’t help where our families locate and in what school districts we happen to live. Still, recruiters shouldn’t consider Russellville a 1A team as the Panthers have historically shown they can play with pretty much anyone, particularly out west. To us, this kid’s recruitment depends on what speed he either has or hasn’t in the eyes of the schools recruiting him. As far as “dominating” the level he’s on…he is certainly doing that! Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@mattmason70_ from @ryleraiderfball is one of 2022’s very best in Northern Kentucky at his craft. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Matt Mason is a fun-loving guy who loves the sports he plays. He is a Track & Field guy, but make no mistake, he is a premium offensive lineman too and among the premier offensive centers in the ’22 graduating class. Good centers are hard to find. Enjoy this look at one of Northern Kentucky’s finest. HB.

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@kelhawk03 (Kel Hawkins) from Dixie Heights Football (@dave_brossart) is among ’22s finest in Kentucky. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @tsfootball @1776Bank (featured image: from prospect’s Twitter)

Kel Hawkins is a name one might want to write down if you’re in to tracking the top Kentucky football talent. Several of us which do this sort of thing regularly have him penciled into our “Top 22’s” list. He is a versatile athlete with the frame to play safety in D-1 and the speed to play corner. Regardless, this combination WR/DB has proven he is a top-quality prospect on either side of the football. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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Jack Duncan from @Football_Hornet is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week! @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

This week’s Revolutionary Player is Jack Duncan from Hancock County. This kid went about his business in ’20 and turned himself into the premier MLB in 2A football on his end of the commonwealth. Will he have a big ’21. Will he ever! Enjoy the feature and join us a week from today when we award this distinction to another worthy recipient. HB.

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@jaylifts_ (Jalen Dunnavan) from @NBEagles_Fball is this week’s @minguabeefjerky “Protein-Packed Performer of the Week.” @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin

When people ask us what we cover during the offseason, as we are strictly a football magazine, we tell them there is lots of stuff to cover offseason. Sevens, Track & Field, baseball, Powerlifting, all of these sports have football players starring in them as well as on the gridiron. Today we are giving some beef jerky to a phenomenal talent but on the gridiron and in the weight room. Congratulations to Jalen Dunnaven from North Bullitt High School on his incredible feats accomplished at this past weekend’s Kentucky Push-Pull Powerlifting Championships. Join us next week as we reward and identify another incredible high school gridiron star. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@Dj_griff15 (David Griffith) from @DeSalesColtsFB is a player who will absolutely explode onto the scene in ’21. @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin

Some of these “Break-out Players” are players many in the Kentucky Press Corp should have already been featuring. This guy here would have to rank among ’22’s top returning players. He has everything you would look for were you recruiting to a Division I program at the LB position. He plays RB too, but we see him in the defensive second level as a collegian. Collegiately, we believe he will be somewhere in either the FCS or FBS. Enjoy the featue. HB.

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@omarion_riddick from @toddco_football is the next in our series of ‘Break-out Players’ in ’21. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Omarion Riddick is a name you should know around the commonwealth of Kentucky. He is a tremendous athlete with a college future though at what level exactly we just can’t accurately predict. He will be fast and tough enough for anyone. Enjoy this look at a “Break-out Player” sure to be on the tip of many reporters’ tongues in ’21. HB.

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Noah Mize, class of ’22, from @Football_Hornet is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week! @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

Noah Mize is a guy opponents better not sleep on in ’21. This guy figures to be more of a factor this coming fall offensively for the Hornets and was plenty productive in the defensive backfield in ’20. He’s the kind of player around whom successful high school programs build. He’s also this week’s Revolutionary Player of the Week from your fastest growing financial institution in Kentucky, Independence Bank. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@c_pennington10 from @lexsayrefb is this week’s @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @sayreschool

His is one of the most recognized names in Kentucky football. Largely because his dad, Chad Pennington, who is also the head football coach of the Sayre’s program, played 10-years in the NFL, was a Heisman Trophy finalist for Marshall’s Thundering Herd, and was drafted 18th-overall, as the first QB in the 2000 NFL draft. However, his son’s ability to play the same position is drawing quite a few apt comparisons. Enjoy this look at a feature about the son and not the dad and join us again next week as we feature another outstanding candidate. HB.

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@SageDawson from Boyle County, Kentucky looks poised to ‘Break-out’ in ’21. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

We first told you about Sage Dawson in an feature we wrote about Caleb Burns in May of last year. Sage had started under center much of his freshman campaign for the Admirals and had drawn considerable notice then. Well today Sage gets his own feature. Congratulations! Dawson is a guy whose name you will hear more and more on the recruiting trail as he matures and develops. His development and “coming out” party will take place and kick off in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on May 22, 2021 at the Appalachia Prep Combine. Can’t wait to see what he does. HB.

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Breathitt’s @Jason_Perry59 is a player who’s sure to ‘Break-out’ though, arguably, he’s already arrived! #Brotherhood @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

He came out of Middle School one of Kentucky’s very finest prospects. His freshman year performance didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm. This kid here is a “Break-out” certainty, and a rocket-explosion straight to stardom near-certainty. He’s worked pretty hard getting the hay up into the barn, now its time to go get paid. Enjoy this feature about one of ’24’s premier players at his positions. HB.

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@TylerMo21734318 (Tyler Moore), Class of ’22 from @PurplesFootball is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @CoachSpader

High School football has always had undersized, over-achievers glorified for what they can contribute to their high school football teams in front of the hometown fans. Tyler Moore is a slightly undersized kid, frame-wise, for where the Purple play him but his production is nothing short of D-1. This kid would be a brilliant pick-up for quite a few in-Kentucky, college programs. He’s our kind of guy because he gets the absolute most out of every gift the good Lord game him. This is what makes him our Revolutionary Player of the Week. Congratulations!

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Talk about your guys ready to “Break-out,” you better be watching @BigShaunC_2005 (Shaun Roberts) pretty closely @BCHS_Rebels1955 fans! @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Shaun Roberts is a powerhouse and a former Kentucky Future Star. He will also have a tremendous year, we are predicting, Breaking-out onto the scene in the Fall of ’21. He is a low-to-the-ground heat seeking missile the “big-boys” always struggle with blocking because he is perpetually playing “below the hands.” Enjoy this look at a guy from whom you will be hearing much, much more. HB.

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@Zaynehatfield7 from @BelfryFootball1 is the @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @CraigYeast @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

We thought we would travel east this week and recognize a guy who is among the very best in the ’22 class playing the defense’s 3rd-level. This guy here already has an offer from Kentucky Wesleyan and he is far from through fielding offers. Enjoy reading about one of the Belfry Pirates favorite residents on Pond Creek. Join us next week when we award some more of Kentucky’s finest beef jerky to another worthy recipient. HB.

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@TDWilson22 from @CovCathFootball has been offered already by @MT_FB and looks to be leading the ’22s at his position. There is a reason for this…and it’s a good one. @CovCathFBAlumni @mingubeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank

Middle Tennessee came through Kentucky and plucked Wilson Kelly from Boyle County from out of our ’20 class. All he did his first year in Murfreesboro was challenge for a spot in the starting lineup all season. Looks like that worked out well for the Blue Raiders. Well, now they are targeting Trevor Wilson from Covington Catholic. As this feature will demonstrate, targeting him is a good idea. MTSU won’t be the only team to think of it. Enjoy the feature. HB Lyon.

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He’s Back! @Adrian Stringer6 will “Re-Do” his senior year at @HopkinsCentral. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Many people around the area considered Adrain Stringer the best QB west of Louisville in HS football in ’20. Many were sorry that his senior season was basically taken from him as the Storm only got 6-games in ’20. Well, Stringer has elected to “Re-Do” his senior year, and as a very young member of the ’21 class, his reclassifying to ’22 looks to be a smart move on his part. In any event, we are sure glad to get to enjoy his on-field performance for another year. How much will he get to play? There is a fine player chomping at the bit for his turn at the wheel in Jaden Brasher. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@HaydenDick_, Class of ’23, from @BJNFBALL is a sure-fire “Break-out Guy” this coming Fall. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

We’ve been sweeping the commonwealth in search of under the radar talent to feature in a series we’re calling “Break-out Players.” Some of these players, arguably, have already burst out onto the scene while others have been skimming along just beneath the surface. Enjoy this look at a rocket on the Briar Jumpers’ roster set to launch in ’21. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@loftonhoward1 (for the second time) from @GHSGatorFball is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week! @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin

We featured this guy during the ’20 season after his having a huge game against Logan County. We decided to check back in and see how the rest o the season went for him and were really impressed. This kid is a football player. Enjoy this feature brought to you by the fastest growing bank in the commonwealth, your friends and ours, Independence Bank. HB.

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@EliWhite02 (Elijah White) from @CooperFootball is our next “Break-out Player.” @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @PrepSpin

Here is another kid about whom you have likely never heard but from whom we believe you will hear plenty in the coming year. Elijah White is a ’23 guy who has been staffing the stat sheets playing for Class 5A Cooper High School. The Jaguars are mighty glad to have him. In this article you will see why that is. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@jager_burton committed to @UKFootball and from @FDouglassFB is this week’s @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @coachnatemcpeek

If winning co-Mr. Football from the Associated Press isn’t worth this award and the prizes which come along with it, then what does one possibly have to do? All kidding aside, we have already awarded this distinction to Cameron Hergott so it is only fair Jager should get a T-shirt and some delicious beef jerky too. Enjoy this feature from our friends at the Mingua Beef Jerky Company. HB.

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@braynewborn (Braxton Newborn) from @LHS_PanthersFB is a ’22 Panther definitely on the prowl! @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball, @1776Bank

There are all-state caliber players all over the Kentucky high school landscape. Braxton Newborn is a prime example of this. He is one of ’22s most dynamic, two-way performers and one of its surest next-level bets. Enjoy the feature about a kid we both should already know and know well. HB.

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@clark_kissick from @WoodfordFBall looks to be another “No-Douter” to us. He also looks to have a very bright future… @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

It is not every day you have rising ninth-grade “Bigs” who appear destined to challenge for early playing time. Then again, not every program has them coming out of MS 6-3, 290, highly decorated at the level of play the player is leaving, and already being followed on Twitter by college programs intent on recruiting the young player in the “not too distant” future. Enjoy this look at an OL who figures to be among the best along the front in his high school graduating class (’25). HB.

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@TOP_SMOKE55 (Davon “Smoke” Rudolph) from @duPontFootball is the @1776Bank ‘Revolutionary Player of the Week.’ @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

This young man intends to “bring the smoke” this season for the duPont Manual Crimsons. One thing is for certain, Scott Carmony’s ball club is never hurting for athletic talent, and next season will be no exception. Join us again next week as we crown another worthy recipient. HB.

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@julian_barbour is reclassifying under the ‘Academic Re-Do Law’ and Coach @lasley_eric and @CavernaHighKY couldn’t be more thrilled about it. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Coach Eric Lasley has to be excited to be getting a player like Julian Barbour. I know Barbour was listed as a ’21 but he has told KPGFootball he will use his Re-Do to reclassify as a ’22. If he puts up numbers commensurate with the numbers he was on track to put up a year ago, look out! There will be plenty of suitors lining up to get on this prospect’s next-level dance card. Enjoy the article. HB.

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@AAlexander2025 from Florence, Kentucky is the @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @durranalexander @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

It isn’t often a middle school player wins this coveted award. There are middle school players so dynamic, athletic, highly-skilled, and explosive we just can’t help ourselves. This kid here is a ’25 “Mr. Football Candidate” we wager. We thought he could use some protein enriched nourishment. Enjoy this look at one of Kentucky’s very best at his level of play, Austin Alexander from Florence, Kentucky. HB.

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@EastonMesser from @centurions_fb is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @CenturionAD @PrepSpin @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball

This week’s recipient is simply among the hottest in-commonwealth prospects in all of Kentucky presently. With his academic performance, particularly where he has performed, expect him to fetch offers other athletes can only dream of getting. Kid is a true 4.4-second forty, you don’t see those very often playing HS football in Kentucky. Enjoy the feature and join us next week when another worthy recipient is similarly honored. HB.

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@TaydenMackey from @LafayetteFBall is the next ‘Breakout Player’ ready to launch onto the @KyHighFootball scene! @minguabeefjerky @lhs_fbboosters @coachb73 @CoachPNyc1 @PrepSpin @1776Bank

Here is a guy who can play any of the five offensive line positions as a high schooler, including out on the edge where Lafayette plays him. However, we believe Mackey’s future in college is along the interior and we believe he is an offensive lineman at the next level though we wouldn’t rule out his playing “strong tackle” or nose in college in suitable schemes. Enjoy the feature about a lineman flying under the radar but one who promises his best football is still ahead of him. HB.

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@dbutler105 (Dustin Butler) from Hart County is the @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer” of the Week. @CurtisB05159591 @1776Bank @HartCountyFball @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

Here’s a guy who is a star in the ’21 class but who is young enough to stay back and reclassify as a ’22 player. There is at least one college football program we have consulted who would like to see him reclassify and would like to take a run at him should he decide to do so. This guy has D-1 skills. He has an ample frame. He has a huge brain. There are lots of possibilities for Butler on the next level. Enjoy this look at this week’s “Protein-packed Performer,” Hart County’s Dustin Butler. HB.

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Looking for a bone fide “Break-out?” How about @dylantheyates from @CCRocketsFTBL? He seems sure-fire to us! @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball

Okay, people who want to take exception to characterizing Dylan Yates a “Break-out Player” make a compelling point. We love him and have been a big fan for a while. The argument of his having “Already Arrived” is a fair one. Just quit arguing semantics with us and enjoy the feature, will you? HB.

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Central Kentucky Area’s Best converge on West Jessamine High today. Registration at 2PM, tryout from 3-6PM. Be there! @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball #Brotherhood

The best of the best around the central Kentucky area will gather at West Jessamine High School today to tryout for the Kentucky Future Stars game. Is your middle school aged player among their number? Only one way to find this out. HB.

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@JadairionS from @BallardFball is the @1776Bank “Revolutionary Player of the Week.” @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

Jadairion Smith is among the very elite recruits at his position nationally. He is also listed among the elite Kentucky ’22s which goes without saying. Independence Bank like to both seek out and recognize the very best among Kentucky high school athletes and this young man certainly qualifies. Enjoy the feature and join us next week as we award this to another worthy recipient. HB.

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@keegandaniel6 from @CaseyCoSchools is the next, “Break-out Player” for the ’21 Fall campaign. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @caseyrebfbcoach @1776Bank

If you love ’em with some length, we got your guy right here! Casey County’s Keegan Daniel is a ’22 DT-DE who is 6-4 and weighs 260 with plenty of frame to add weight and slide inside or stay where he is now and explode off the edge. Coach Stonebraker is mighty pleased to have this guy back for another year. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@AndrewH77762733 (Andrew Hardwick) from @BCRebelFootball is the @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer” of the Week. @1776Bank @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @BoyleRebelsTF

Again with the big guys? What can we say, these big boys are hungry all the time. We promise we will get to some skills as we go along toward the opening of the football season in the Fall of ’21. While recognizing the bigs however, how about this big boy right here? He’s Andrew Hardwick and may be among the best linemen in Kentucky’s class of ’23. Enjoy the feature and join us next week as we award this to another worthy recipient. HB.

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@ashton14 (Ashton Adams) from @MasonCoFootball is another “Break-out possibility” for the ’21-season. @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @1776Bank

Ashton Adams reminds many of us around the magazine of Breathitt’s Lane Weddle (Class of ’21). There is nothing on a football field where he can’t make a way to contribute and contribute meaningfully. He is a definite “Break-out” player for the Fall of ’21. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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Class of ’23, @louishayes100 (Louis Hayes) from @rowancountyfb is our next featured “Break-out” player for the Fall of ’21. @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Speed kills. That seems a simple enough statement about the importance of having playmakers in football with the speed to break away from defenses. Speed also thrills, at least it thrills all of us at KPGFootball. This next “Break-out Player” has lots of speed and bounce and he kills opponents and thrills his team’s coaching staff all in one fell swoop. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@JayshawneM32 from @MaleBulldogs is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @LMHSCoachWolfe @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @KyHighFootball

Sometimes players on the sawed-off end of the frames get overlooked, by everyone but Independence Bank and KPGFootball. This kid here is tall enough to knock your block off, is there a need to be taller than that? Congratulations to this week’s Revolutionary Player of the Week from the fast growing bank in the commonwealth of Kentucky, your friends at Independence Bank. HB.

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Oh, That Cooper Mobley…Come Meet Another ’26 Break-out Player! @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Not every day a rising eighth-grader drops in a middle school coach’s lap fresh from starring for one of the best middle school programs in Kentucky. Especially rare where that same player is 6-1 and weighs 200-pounds, plays RB on offense, runs the 40 in 5.1-seconds, bench presses 255, and squats 405 and isn’t an 8th-grader yet. Cooper Mobley is the next player we are featuring in our series of “Break-out Players.” Why? This article should explain that. HB

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@campbell_ryker (Ryker Campbell) from the @BooneCoRebels is separating from the ’26 pack at his positions… @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

We like the Ryker Campbell kid very much. He has a classmate we have before featured name Cameron O’Hara, a top-flight QB, and the two of them will form a formidable tandem in the downfield passing game when they get to Friday Night. Enjoy this feature about a ’26 prospect you might just was well mark down in your book of players right now. We have. HB.

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Academic “Re-Do” signed into law…decision now up to individual districts (featured photo credit: Mr. Charles Choate) @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball

It’s the $64 question you hear reverberating all across Kentucky. Now that the legislature has passed the Academic Re-Do bill and the governor has signed it into law, provided your district permits it, what should you do? Should you stay or should you go? Here’s what some of the players across Kentucky and their coaches and parents think. HB.

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@iamxcc34 (Xavier Campbell) from @Battle_tigers is ready to break-out in ’21. @iamxcc2023 @PrepSpin @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Xavier Campbell is a guy who has played mighty well already. However, we haven’t seen the best from this young Cat by any stretch of the imagination. Guys like him are why Beechwood is always hunting titles, and why they have won so many. Enjoy the feature from our next ‘Break-out’ player for ’21. HB.

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Aiden Weatherholt from @Football_Hornet is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week! @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

Here is a kid who is talented, has plus length, a nose for the football, and can literally develop into anything he really wants to play. Who has two thumbs and was the 11th-leading tackler in Kentucky’s 2A Classification while only a sophomore? Aiden Weatherholt from Hancock County, that’s who! Enjoy the feature and join us next week as we coronate another worthy Kentucky player. HB.

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@NateCaldwell03 from @KCDFootball1 is the @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KCDadmissions @kcdathletics @KCDSchool

We talk a lot about the eye-test. Well, we have heard it before said there are only two types of high school football players; those who play the game and those who just think it is cool to get to wear “football stuff.” This Nate Caldwell is a football player. He’s also our Mingua Beef Jerky Company “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” Congratulations to Nathan Caldwell and all the folks at KCD and join us next week to coronate another worthy player. HB.

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Region IV says, ‘It’s time to let the big hogs eat!’ @OfficialKYMSFA #BattleoftheRegions

The Battle of the Regions is this coming weekend and will be played at East and West Jessamine. This will be quite a spectacle and has taken the place of the old KYMSFA East vs. West game which used to be played annually in Frankfort, Kentucky on the campus of Kentucky State University. This won’t be a battle for the timid. Players in this bad boy better show up ready to rumble. We can’t wait. Enjoy the article. HB.

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@isaiahkeys58 from @gomccracken is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @McCrackenHFC

We don’t really care about frame, length, or any of the other “measurables” which don’t tell you a thing about a prospect other than his appearance. Our “measurables” are the things over which a prospect has some control, the things which actually tell you something about him. Isaiah Keys has killed it in every measurable over which he has any control. That is why he is our Independence Bank “Revolutionary Player of the Week.” Come back next week as we award this distinction to another worthy recipient. HB.

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@EdgrenSweat from @RecruitMCentral is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the Week. @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball

We picked this guy in 2019 as a Sophomore All-State defender. He followed up his sophomore season with another solid junior year in spite of playing fewer games because of the pandemic. This is an “out of frame” guy we would take a chance on were we working in the recruiting office at one of Kentucky’s 17-college football programs. This kid can play. Enjoy the feature and congratulations to Sweat on being the Protein-packed Performer of the Week. HB.

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With the #BattleoftheRegions looming, @LSmith2026 (Landon Smith) from @CallowaySchools is ready to compete. @AustinWynn1994 @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Logan Smith from Murray, Kentucky has already made the prestigious Bret Cooper Middle School Junior Academic All-American game and now he will participate in the KYMSFA’s “Battle of the Regions.” This is a ’26 kid on a hot streak. Enjoy this look at one of the top WR/DB combos in his graduating class across the commonwealth. HB.

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At the QB position, COOPER is a STONE-cold killer, in fact he’s a BREAK-OUT Player! @stone_cooper3 @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @BethlehemHS @BHSStudentSec20

Cooper Stone is a really exciting young QB in Coach Bryan Walker’s system at Bethlehem High School. All of Bardstown, Kentucky is poised to see what this kid can do next after his having a stellar sophomore campaign shortened owing to the global health crises. We love the kid’s film, moxie, toughness, and pocket presence. We believe you will too. HB.

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@ConnerYazell from @BourbonFootball another “Break-out player” from the ’22-class. @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Connor Yazell is slightly built particularly for a 6-5 offensive lineman. He’s working hard on that this offseason and is making considerable strides. He’s over 230-now, up from 205 from last season, and it is going on the right way. We expect this guy to get a lot of attention this coming Fall. HB.

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@ztchristian from @Tomcat_football is one freaking Hoss-Cat! He’s definitely a “Dude.” @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

They call players like Zane Christian “Dudes” in the high school game. If you don’t know what a “Dude” is, you have never spent much time around a high school program. Enjoy this look at a kid who is among the very elite defensive linemen in the Kentucky high school game and in the ’22 class. HB.

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@CameronOHara15 from @BooneCoRebels is a definite #NoDoubter. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @BCHS_Rebellion @Boone_County

We think about all the really great middle school signal callers we have before covered. How many of them performed well in HS? We can’t think of a single “miss.” There are dozens and dozens of examples here. Well, we think this kid, Cameron O’Hara from Boone County, Kentucky, is a #NoDoubter. He’s getting ready for the KYMSFA’s “Battle of the Regions” and we believe he will “bring it.” Enjoy this look at a ’26 those of you covering Kentucky football should definitely write down in your notebooks. HB.

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@BrysonParm from @DCHS_Football is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @TheOwensboro @KyHighFootball @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin

Bryson Parm had an unbelievable sophomore year. How many sophomores do what he did in ’20 playing 6A football? That number would be a small one. Enjoy this look at a ’23 RB who has to be among the very best at that position across the Bluegrass. Join us next week as we recognize another special player. HB.

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@claygames7 from @EHSAthletics20 and headed to @kwc_football is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the Week. @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

There are pick-ups which are solid base-hits and then there are home runs. In our opinion, when K-Dub secured this player as it’s “QB of the future” the Panthers had hit a round tripper. Starring for the Panthers will prove nothing new for Clay Games as that is exactly what he has done in high school at Elizabethtown High. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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Looking for an emerging star next Fall? Let us introduce you to @Nate_Siegrist from the @FBall_Crusaders. @Minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @1776Bank

We are beginning to evaluate players for the upcoming Fall/2021. As we do this, like every year prior, we see kids who look poised to us to have “break-out seasons.” We like pointing that out to our readers and then rubbing it in everyone’s faces when it comes to full fruition. We think around the magazine Siegrist is one of those break-out types. Enjoy the feature and see if you don’t agree with us. HB.

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@Nokes_Landon, Class of ’22, looking to get his @eaglesfb and him on the right track in 2021. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Nokes was No. 16 on the Top-30 preseason list of offensive linemen yearly published in Kentucky. We wrote about it back in April of 2020. We feature him today. He is a bone-fide, next level guy who a lucky team will get in spite of the struggles of his high school squad. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@Bird05T (Tristan Cook, Class of ’23) from @WoodfordFBall has all the tools. @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

If you like them long, lean, with plenty of frame length and room to thicken, we believe we have your man right here. Coach Johnson’s Yellow Jackets have a young right guard who has all the physical tools and who figures to mature into a real prospect as we go along. One this is for sure, having a coach like Dennis Johnson has to be a plus for any down-lineman. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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Ben Dalton from @HCCols_Football, is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

There are some players with production so prodigious one has to wonder, “Why haven’t I heard of this guy?” Sometimes it is distance, sometimes it is poor coverage, sometimes one isn’t working hard enough to get out and learn who’s who via the immediate access to information we enjoy these days. With Ben Dalton, it is probably the hard luck he has experienced over his high school football career. He had a tremendous senior year and we are proud to recognize him today. Join us again next week as we recognize another outstanding player. HB.

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Jace Hatfield, @RedhoundsFB, another #NoDoubter. @CMSredhounds @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

If you can truly watch this kid’s film and walk up and stand toe to toe with him and think this kid is only an 8th-grader, then I just don’t know what to say. Kids coming out of middle school these days are looking like this more and more. Hate to pull an “in my day” but, in my day, we didn’t have kids in 8th grade this solid, this long, this athletic, this aggressive. We just didn’t. They have put out a ton of college talent around the Corbin program. Mark this one down as another one on the near horizon. There will be plenty of ink spilled on this kid. Among the statewide coverage, we were first. HB.

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@RedhoundsFB, Brayden Reynolds, is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the Week. @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @PrepSpin

Mingua Beef Jerky tagged us a video of Brayden Reynolds bench pressing 420-pounds. Man, is that powerful for a kid who weighs 226, or for any kid. We were so impressed we decided to “research” him and discover what kind of football player he is. We learned he is really something. Enjoy this look at this week’s “Protein-packed Performer” and enjoy the highlights and the video of his incredible bench and see why he was a No-doubter for this award. Join us next week as we award this to another outstanding recipient. HB.

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