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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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@IsaiahStanley03, Class of 2025 and a #NoDoubter, promises @BelfryFootball1 run of titles-far from finished. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

We have been featuring some ’25’s we call “No Doubters” around the magazine. A “No Doubter” is a kid sure to get plenty of PT as a frosh on Friday night and a kid we know we will be featuring plenty over the course of the kid’s high school football career. This kid here is one of those. Why? This article should tell you. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@DeckerKaylor from @GCHSCougarFB is King of his Jungle at any size… @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Every now and again a magazine like ours should feature a hardworking kid with a team first mentality. You know the type. The type who prefers to lead by example and prides himself on being one of the smartest players on the field. Today, we elected to feature a guy to whom the only numbers which mattered were “wins” and “losses.” Enjoy the feature. HB.

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

Talk about starting revolutions, Centre College has begun one in the minds of many of its conference mates with the in-state singing class it assembled this offseason. Yessir, the play a little football in Danville, Kentucky both at the high school and college levels, but then again you are probably already cognizant of that. Enjoy this look at one of Kentucky’s top DBs playing for one of its most storied programs at its highest level of competition. Get on by and see our friends at Independence Bank and join us again next week when we reward another worthy recipient. HB.

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Two @LCA_Football standouts, and both ’22 prospects, stand out at the @BOTMWCombine. @AnthonyJohnsLCA and @tyler8morris take home “MVP” distinctions. @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @TeamCTSP

It is getting pretty difficult to argue that Kentucky, on the high school level, is a “basketball state.” We aren’t seeing evidence of this when our in-state football talent hits the combine circuit at least. Anthony Johns and Tyler Morris came up huge in Indianapolis. How huge? Answers provide within this article. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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@HStamper74 from @LC_Patriots is the @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week. @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @CentreFootball

We give more attention to linemen than most publications of our sort. Mingua Beef Jerky has been supportive of these efforts recognizing the beauty is going about one’s business with little fanfare and letting the fruits of your labor speak for themselves. That is what they do with their one of a kind beef jerky. Enjoy today’s feature and join us again next week as we honor another worthy recipient. HB.

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@HStamper74 (Holden Stamper) ready to stake his claim among Kentucky’s elite ’22s. @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @LC_Patriots

Here is a kid who deserves a seat at the table of top-flight, Kentucky ’22 line talent. Good linemen are hard to find and are in demand at any level of play. This guy here will have many suitors, and because of his grades, the possibilities for him are limitless. Enjoy the feature. HB.

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Kory Combs, ’25, is a no-doubter. @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

As we say farewell to another group of ballers we have covered since they played in middle school, we get to meet and update our database with an entire new class of up-and-coming stars who will play their freshman seasons this coming Fall. Many of these guys will start on Friday Night sometime during their initial campaigns. Some of these guys will start night one, snap one and we aren’t talking about on specials either. Today, we are highlighting a kid we call around the magazine a “No-doubter.” Why? Well, you may have to just read this article and find out. HB.

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@LambPryor, Class of ’23 QB from @gomccracken, is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @McCrackenHFC @KyHighFootball

We’ve had a rash of QB’s hit the national combine circuit and come away with faculty singing their praises. Today we award this to a McCracken County Mustang who, if you are tabulating Kentucky’s best among ’23 dual threat QBs, you might get out your pen and jot down this name. Enjoy this feature and join us again next week as this gets awarded to another worthy recipient.

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@MaxGibbs160, Class of ’23, is the @minguageefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @KYHighFootball @FCSwampGator55 @1776Bank @PrepSpin @JamesBidgesFC

Max Gibbs is a 10th-grade, rising Junior, dual-threat QB who has hit the national circuit and has really impressed. He attended the most recent QB Hit List combine and has come away with both a national ranking at his position and a star-rating. We would call that a pretty good week at Mingua Beef Jerky and we are sure you would readily agree. Enjoy this look at this week’s “Protein-packed Performer of the Week” and join us next week as we recognize another worthy recipient. HB.

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@MaxGibbs160 surging up Kentucky’s list of top dual-threat QBs. @KYHighFootball @FCSwampGator55 @minguageefjerky @PrepSpin @JamesBidgesFC

We have written about this prospect before today. We have talked about the importance of the offseason ad nauseam. Max Gibbs is a 2023 QB in Kentucky surging up the list of players in the commonwealth at his position. That is what happens when you attend the QB Hit List national combine and come away a nationally ranked prospect. Enjoy the article. HB.

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@TravonMoore_20 from @eaglesfb pledges to the Panthers. @HanoverFTBL @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

Coach Jay has slipped undetected into the Derby City once moore (pun intended) and picked off another prospect who figures to be in the mix from day one once he hits campus. Travon Moore is a Blue-Grey All-American and someone who will greatly benefit from these new surroundings and running behind a line of scrimmage like the one Hanover boasts. Here’s the thing, he could be a LBer too. Enjoy the article. HB Lyon.

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Class of 2022, @bridger_knee, is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

This week’s “Revolutionary Player of the Week” is a top-flight, 2022 defensive end who helped lead the Purples to the 5A State Title, last season when Bowling Green defeated the always tough bunch from Owensboro Senior High. This feature is brought to you weekly by the folks over at Independence Bank. Go on by and see our friends and thank them, not just for this series, but for the outstanding services and products which have started a revolution in the banking industry.

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Local college programs mined the rich vein of in-State talent in filling out recruiting classes. Some killed it out of state too. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

We saw numerous programs clean up yesterday on national signing day. We saw some Kentucky programs lure some incredible out of state hauls, and we even saw some programs from neighboring states dip their fishing lures into Kentucky waters and come away with some big time talent. Enjoy the article.

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Hayes Preston (Class of ’25) from @LCAathletics is the @Mingaubeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @1776Bank. @LCAKYEagles

Hayes Preston is an 8th-grader who will hit a high school roster next year and make an immediate impact. He is one of middle school’s definitive players on both sides of the football and one of his class’s most decorated players. Enjoy this look at this week’s “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” HB.

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@HanoverFTBL and @Coach_Jay53 dip into Louisville, Kentucky and @TrinityHSFB to land one of the top cover-corners in @KyHighFootball. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank

There just hasn’t been a better corner in Kentucky high school football over the previous three seasons in the ’21 class than Trinity’s Chris Forehand, Jr. Now he will take his talents north to Hanover College where you would have to expect him to challenge for starter reps immediately. Think is…he may not be alone…(we love this time of year around here). HB

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@JakLindsey24 from @SrHighFootball is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

This guy last won this award in middle school. He was heading to play in a middle school All-American football game at the time. We thought he would be a high school All-American too, even then. Not even we thought it would be as quickly as it has occurred. Congratulations to this week’s Revolutionary Player of the Week and join us again next week as we award this to another worthy recipient.

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Three more top ’21s come off the board as @C_Baker2, @WilsonPendleton, and @NickBaldwin15 all pledge to top-flight programs. @CentreFootball, @gtown_football, @TMU_Football, @minguabeefjerky, @PrepSpin, @KyHighFootball, @1776Bank

I was talking to a friend of mine who is as involved in football, particularly recruiting, as much as I. We both agree this recruiting cycle has been unlike any we have before seen. Some programs generally left to forage for table scraps are getting to feast on the Crème de la Crème of the talent. Good for them. Enjoy this article. HB Lyon.

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Tanner Wright from @southwestern_FB is the @Minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed performer of the week.” @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball #AllWarriorsRise

Talk about a guy exploding on the scene his junior year in 2020, Tanner was the [W]right man for the job on the reservation in the offensive backfield for the Warriors. It is only fitting a company known for selling one-of-a-kind, hand-cut, solid pieces of beef in its beef jerky products should decide to award its weekly distinction to a out of nowhere and out of sight performer at the running-back position. Enjoy the article. HB.

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If you like fishing stories, @HanoverFTBL dipped into Kentucky waters to see @Coach_Jay53 hook a doozy of prize in @ajoppel5. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

You talk about dipping your bait in Kentucky waters and pulling out a whale of a prospect, that is exactly what Hanover College appears to have just done with Austin Oppel from Meade County. Congratulations all the way around here. Enjoy this victory lap of an article. HB.

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@JaylinBross joins @iam_vjanthony in pledging to @kwc_football. @Vincel1911 @CoachYoung41 @CraigYeast @PrepSpin @Minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball

We have been featuring the players who are jumping on in-state schools early as opposed to “waiting and seeing” whether there is room in the Inn for them at the D-1 level. Lots of tremendous opportunities and football below the D-1 level. This article features two kids who came to this realization and who happen to be two kids we have before covered many times. Enjoy the article. HB.

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@evanelder17, committed to @CentreFootball is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

Here is a guy who helped lead the best high school defensive ball club many experts believe to have ever played on a high school football field in Kentucky history. He is committed to play collegiately for the Centre Colonels. Of course, he is also our Independence Bank’s Revolutionary Player of the Week. Join us again next week as we recognize another worthy recipient.

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@_reecejr (Reece Jesse Jr., Hopkinsville High) soon to be playing for @UofLFootball is the @Minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @HoptownFootball

Another prototype here in Reece Jesse, Jr. at the WR position. Man, what a career he enjoyed and what a spectacle he provided for all of us fans to enjoy. We predict big things from this guy next level. It is only fitting a company known for selling one-of-a-kind, hand-cut, solid pieces of beef in its beef jerky products should decide to award its weekly distinction to a one-of-a-kind performer at the receiver position. Enjoy the article. HB.

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@_reecejr (Reece Jesse Jr., Hopkinsville High) reports commitment to @UofLFootball

He has consistently been ranked among Kentucky’s finest and just completed a career at Class 4A Hopkinsville absolutely supportive of his rankings. Reece Jesse, Jr., with many options to go away and play Division I, FBS football far away from home has elected to stay home and be a Louisville Cardinal. Good luck to this young man we have enjoyed getting to know and watch play over the course of his fine high school career.

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@willmcdaniel_ from @BCRebelFootball comes off the board, commits to @CentreFootball

There are some schools around Kentucky absolutely feasting on in-state football talent in filling out the programs’ football rosters. We couldn’t be happier about it. Some real ‘prime-timers’ are finding considerable value in pursuing options other than waiting around and hoping there is room left for them at the heel of some bigger school’s football program during these uncertain, unchartered times. Because of this, some D-1 skill sets are finding their way into the student bodies of some prestigious academic institutions and on the rosters of some prestigious football programs. In-state college football play will absolutely benefit. Many area schools are already nationally ranked at their levels of play. These kids stand the chance to really benefit too. Enjoy this article. HB.

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Close to a decision? Prized Kentucky ’21s finding LOTS of options (featured players @WilsonPendleton @evanelder17 @AGLOADING26) @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

Several top-flight ’21s are coming off the board quickly, unwilling to “wait and see” if there is room for them at the inn as things go along, some of these guys are using more than their athletic prowess to find the “other ways there are to skin cats.” Enjoy this article as we have linked highlights for all three players featured in this article. HB.

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@lemaster_owen from @JCAthletics, @KyHighFootball’s prototype at the OG slot, is the @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @PrepSpin @1776Bank

You want to talk about your hard-charging, down-hill, multi-level road-graders; this “meat-mover” from Paintsville, Kentucky fits the bill. So that is why it is fitting a company known for selling, or “moving,” if you will, hand-cut, solid pieces of beef in its one-of-a-kind beef jerky products should decide to award its weekly distinction to this particular guy. Enjoy the article. HB.

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Robert Edwards from @AthertonFootbal is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @atherton_high

Sometimes the players we feature don’t have Hudl pages or Twitter accounts. Well, this is a player who better get both as he will be heavily recruited if he continues to progress like he has thus far. This is Robert Edwards and he is one of the more dynamic prospects playing 5A football anywhere in Kentucky’s Class of 2023. Of course, he is also Independence Bank’s Revolutionary Player of the Week. Join us again next week as we recognize another worthy recipient.

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@WilsonPendleton from @ryleraiderfball is the @Minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

This kid flew under the radar this year and it is pretty hard to see why. He played at Kentucky’s top level of competition, has the frame next-level guys covet, and was an absolute playmaker on Friday nights. Enjoy the article and join us next week as this gets awarded to another worthy recipient. HB.

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@WilsonPendleton from @ryleraiderfball prime example of an all-state caliber player flying under the radar. @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

There is a reason we never get too riled up about whether this guy or that guy made this team or that. There is no way to get them all. There are whole parts of Kentucky which always seem to get the short-shrift on postseason Kentucky-wide teams and Northern Kentucky is one of those. Mighty good football played up there and some very fine players. This guy here is no exception. Enjoy the article. HB.

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@JakLindsey24 from @SrHighFootball is the @1776Bank “Revolutionary Player of the Week.” @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

Here is something right amazing, almost exactly a year ago, December 29, 2019 to be exact, we featured then 8th-grade All American Jak Lindsey from Owensboro MIddle School. Well, a lot has happed since last year, like his starting in the 5A championship game for Owensboro High School as only a 9th-grader (man, we called this one) but he is still a super-star player, nonetheless. Enjoy the article. HB.

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@russosb_3 who plays QB for @SVCoachHiatt’s Wildcats is the @Minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @PrepSpin, @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

So you think because it is offseason the fun stops? Heck no! Football is a year round thing at KPGFootball and at the Mingua Beef Jerky Company. Every single day the Mingua family and friends put on their hard hats, fill up their thermoses, and go to work to provide you the very best in all beef jerky products and we have the same work ethic when it comes to covering football and publicizing its high school superstars. This week enjoy reading about a young man who has to be among the best freshmen QBs in Kentucky, if not THE best. HB.

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@LCAFootball2020 and @CoachDCharles would probably tell you there was nothing ‘freshman-ish’ about @ParkerChaney9, or his play in ’20. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighSchool @1776Bank

There is nothing about Parker Chaney which looks “freshman-ish.” Of course, after having started all year for a finalist in 2A, he really isn’t a freshman anymore. He’s more like a junior. Enjoy the article. HB.

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Kentucky Coaches vote @CamHergott24 from @BHSTigerFBall its “Mr. Football.” @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Cameron Hergott won the Coach’s “Mr. Football.” He is also a former recipient of the Mingua Beef Jerky’s “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” That should show you the Mingua people know their football! Here is an interesting look in this article about how a “Mr. Football” winner can only be “Honorably Mentioned” on the All-State team published by the same group which voted on “Mr. Football,” KFCA’s members. Enjoy the article. HB.

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@russosb_3 heading his class and plenty of other classes too for @SVCoachHiatt’s Wildcats. @Minguabeefjerky, @PrepSpin, @KyHighFootball

We are compiling our Freshman, Sophomore, and even our middle school teams right now. The selection committee is meeting and, when we get done, we are sure we will have teams which please a few, enrage the vast majority, and stimulates a ton of discussion good for the overall health of the game of football. There won’t be much debate should this particular
QB make the team. Read about the year this guy had!

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@ccoop2_ from @PurplesFootball is this week’s @1776Bank “Revolutionary Player of the Week.” @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

This week’s “Revolutionary Player of the Week” is a top-flight, 2021 dual threat QB prospect who led the Purples to the 5A State Title, last weekend when Bowling Green tussled with the always tough bunch from Owensboro Senior High. This feature is brought to you weekly by the folks over at Independence Bank. Go on by and see our friends and thank them, not just for this series, but for the outstanding services and products which have started a revolution in the banking industry.

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All-State team reflects bigger problem than who did or didn’t make it…

For those of you who pay this site for its unvarnished candor, here you go. The coach’s all-state football team was published yesterday. It generated furious debate and discussion, which is what it is designed to do. There were some grossly undervalued players, there were glaring (and I mean unbelievably glaring) omissions, and there were some selections right on the money. Pretty much the same can be said every time a team gets published. The Associated Press’s team will open nominations in about a month, and will be the last team published, and those wishing to criticize “get ready” because I am quite sure we will screw it up just as badly as the coaches. The debate about whom should have made it over this guy or that, is a healthy one and shows how much the sport means to all of us. That we care is good.

Not voting when you have been sent a ballot. Well, that is not so good. In this article we speak out about a topic on which our commentary was specifically requested. Be careful for what you ask, you might get it.

Enjoy the article, for those purchasing it or subscribing to the site. This is content we don ‘t publish or share for free because we are a business and this is the type content which encourages people to join. Enjoy the article. HB.

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@DeanthonyPerry from @trinitysports is the @Minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Player of the Week.” @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @1776Bank

There are lots of ways a dominant football player can exert himself into a game, and a game’s outcome, which don’t show in the game’s statistics. This player, DeAnthony Perry, has been the dominant, “man in he middle” along the Trinity defensive front for Kentucky’s premier high school football team all season. He was dominant in the title game against Louisville Male. Perry is a big-play, playmaker. In the title game he harassed the backfield, seemingly every snap, and came up with huge plays. He is among the best at what he does in the high school game for a reason. Congratulations to DeAnthony Perry from Louisville’s Trinity High School for being the Mingua Beef Jerk Company’s “Protein-packed Performer of the Week!” HB.

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Andrew Lanz from @SrHighFootball is the @1776Bank “Revolutionary Player of the Week.” @minguabeefjecky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

This week’s “Revolutionary Player of the Week” is Andrew Lanz (2023), one of Kentucky’s top place-kickers in the high school game. We pride ourselves on performance and, to render an exceptional performance, no one knows better than Independence Bank that competitors have to fuss over both the important things, obvious to everybody, and the less obvious things most casual fans overlook. That is how competitors become champions. Saturday, two teams with strong Independence Bank branches (Bowling Green and Owensboro) will battle for the 5A crown. Go on by one of those branches in either town and see our friends at your local Independence Bank. Thank them, not just for this series, but for the outstanding service and products which have started a revolution in the banking industry. Enjoy the article. HB.

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@willmcdaniel_ from @BCRebelFootball is the @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @1776Bank @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

If you have been reading our weekly “Outstanding Performances…” articles, the series of articles should have impressed upon you how very difficult winning this award really is. We had another spectacular week where there were numerous performances any one of which would have been a fine performance to single-out. This week, heading into the Championships, we honor a senior who exhibited an outstanding effort leading his team to a Semi-State Title and helping take the whole lot grocery shopping on Kroger Field hunting the 4A Title to bring back to “Title Town.” This guy was tough between the tackles and tore up a normally stingy defense in the fourth round, finding the end-zone three times in the offing. Enjoy the article and join us next week as we honor another worthy recipient. HB.

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The Freshman All-State Team from 4-years ago. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

Looking back a few years, here was our very first Freshman All-State Football team. It really is scary how very accurate we were. Four years later, many of these guys are still the “big dogs” around the KHSAA at their respective positions. To make this team, you had to produce on Friday nights. We didn’t evaluate freshman or JV highlights then. Still don’t now. HB.

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Here are the Outstanding Performances from the @KHSAAFootball Semi-State Championship Round. @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball (Featured Photo: Chris Anderson, Sports View America)

Well, it was round 4, a.k.a. the Semi-State Championships, and there were some mighty fine individual performances. Enjoy this look at some players who pushed or even “willed” their teams through to the other side and even a few who fell a little short through no fault of theirs. HB.

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@JustinMillay from @SrHighFootball is the @1776Bank, “Revolutionary Player of the Week!” @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

This week’s “Revolutionary Player of the Week” is Justin Millay, one of Kentucky’s top OT in the commonwealth. We love “The Bigs” around Independence Bank and KPGFootball and recognize this is where championship football teams are built. His fine play has advanced his team to a home, semifinal date with Frederick Douglass High School in the Semi-Finals with a birth in the Championship awaiting the winner. Go on by and see our friends at your local Independence Bank and thank them, not just for this series, but for the outstanding service and products which have started a revolution in the banking industry. Enjoy the article. HB.

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Who wins…who loses, tomorrow night in the Semi-finals. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KHSAAFootball (Featured Photo: Les Dixon, Times-Tribune)

Here are our picks for the Semi-finals occurring tomorrow night. West Carter should be thrilled we didn’t pick them as it seems every time we disrespect them, they come away routing the other team. We may just disrespect them right into a championship. Anyway, there are several “upsets” we have taken here as this year has been anything but normal. Fletcher Long was furious with our Hoptown prediction (his alma mater) and vows we are all “crazy.” We shall see. HB.

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@CamHergott24 from @BHSTigerFBall is the @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @KHSAAFootball

If you have been reading our weekly “Outstanding Performances…” articles, the series of articles should have impressed upon you how very difficult winning this award really is. We had another spectacular week where there were numerous performances any one of which would have been a fine performance to single-out. This week, week four of the playoffs, we honor a senior who did a whole lot of everything in leading his team to its Regional Championship. This guy contributed to his team’s success in multiple phases of the football game. Read the article and see! Enjoy the article and join us next week as we honor another worthy recipient. HB.

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What’s wrong with college football recruiting? Delving into “prospect-speak” and getting at what is actually being said when we’re asked to “trust the measurables!”

This article contains the official prospect evaluation of a kid ranked higher than any Kentuckian in the entire commonwealth. He has been committed since February of this year to Power-5, FBS-level powerhouse program in the most prestigious league in college football. Yet, if you read the evaluation, the evaluator has been quite clear the kid isn’t good at football. You should be able to clearly see this, if you can read ‘prospect-speak.’ Well, we can, and in this article we break this down for you. A kid with this evaluation should never have been offered by any school in Division 1. This is what makes recruiting the joke it has become. HB.

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@Bradenmundy1 from @OCathFootball is the @1776Bank “Revolutionary Player of the Week” @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KHSAAFootball @KyHighFootball

This week’s “Revolutionary Player of the Week” is Braden Mundy whose fine play advanced his team to a date with Murray High School in the Regional Finals with a birth in the Semis awaiting the victor. Go on by and see our friends at your local Independence Bank and thank them, not just for this series, but for the outstanding service and products which have started a revolution in the banking industry. Enjoy the article. HB.

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Breathitt’s Lane Weddle, 2021, is the @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @KHSAAFootball

If you have been reading our weekly “Outstanding Performances…” articles, the series of articles should have impressed upon you how very difficult winning this award really is. We had another spectacular week where there were numerous performances any one of which would have been a fine performance to single-out. This week, week two of the playoffs, we honor a senior who did a whole lot of everything in leading his team to its District Championship. This guy contributed to his team’s success in multiple phases of the football game. Read the article and see! Enjoy the article and join us next week as we honor another worthy recipient. HB.

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This Time Around…how’d we do?

We published an article entitled “This Time Around” last week. In the article we predicted five games which were won by the team we thought would lose the District Championship game in spite of being one-seeds and playing at home. We were right in all five, though one of them was a COVID-19 forfeit which we won’t count. In this article we make an accounting of just how we did and how on the money we were. We hit one of the picks dead on the number. That is why you pay us. HB.

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Outstanding performances from around @KyHighFootball from the District Championships! (Featured Photo: James Fugate, Jackson Times-Voice) @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KHSAAFootball

Well we have some more of the world’s finest beef jerky to award this coming Wednesday in the weekly “Protein-packed Performer of the Week” and there were some strong performances around the commonwealth from which to choose. These guys listed in this article are all contenders or former winners and this article will fully illuminate why. Enjoy the article. Join us Wednesday when we reveal this week’s recipient. HB Lyon.

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Our Friday Night, Round-two scorecard…went 37-9 over the 46 games which were played on the field for a smidge over 80% (.80434783) @minguabeefjerky, @KHSAAFootball, @KyHighFootball, @PrepSpin

Here were our picks from Round 2. There were a tremendous amount of “upsets” in this round together with “close calls.” In spite of this, we still managed to get slightly more than 80% of the games right. Enjoy the article. HB Lyons.

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Our only regret…we are out of opportunities to award @AndrewMunster from McLean County the @1776Bank “Revolutionary Player of the Week” more than this last time. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

This week’s “Revolutionary Player of the Week” is Andrew Munster who saw his career end in the first round but who has been a four-time recipient of this award. Munster is out of eligibility (high-school wise) which we believe to be cause for mourning around McLean County. Go on by and see our friends at your local Independence Bank and thank them, not just for this series, but for the outstanding service and products which have started a revolution in the banking industry. Enjoy the article. HB.

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Freshman Malachi Rider from @pths_football is the @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @1776Bank @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

If you have been reading our weekly “Outstanding Performances…” articles, the series of articles should have impressed upon you how very difficult winning this award really is. We had another spectacular week where there were numerous performances any one of which would have been a fine performance to single-out. This week, the high schools were off and the middle schoolers seized center stage. No one on that level of play thrust himself into a commonwealth-wide discussion any more forcefully than this week’s Protein-packed Performer. What do we mean by this? Well, read the article and see! Enjoy the article and join us next week as we honor another worthy recipient. HB.

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This Time Around: We pick five District Championship Games which we believe will end differently this time around than their regular season counterparts…@minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball (Featured Photo Credit: Zack Klemme / The Daily Independent)

This is a new concept we are calling the “Second Time Around.” All of the teams we have chosen to feature played the other during the regular season. These are five matchups we believe may turn out differently than when the two teams first met in 2020. Here is our breakdown. Enjoy the article!

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Outstanding, round-one playoff performances from around @KHSAAfootball this past weekend. @PrepSpin @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball

Well we have some more of the world’s finest beef jerky to award this coming Wednesday in the weekly “Protein-packed Performer of the Week” and there were some strong performances around the commonwealth from which to choose. These guys listed in this article are all contenders this week and this article will fully illuminate why that is. Enjoy the article. Join us Wednesday when we reveal this week’s recipient. HB Lyon.

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@DeuceBailey1 from @BGJHSFootball is this week’s @1776Bank “Revolutionary Player of the Week.” @BGJHS @PurplesFootball @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KYMSFAOfficial @KyHighFootball

Middle Schoolers got the “bright lights” of center stage this week owing to the KHSAA being off a week. While garnering the spotlight, some of the Junior High guys really took advantage. One of those was this week’s Revolutionary Player of the Week. Enjoy this article about one of Kentucky’s hardest working 2025s dual-threat QBs, Deuce Bailey, from your friends at the fastest growing bank in Kentucky, Independence Bank. Enjoy the article. HB.

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Kalen “Jaws” Washington from @AntlerAlerts is the @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the week.” @PrepSpin @KYMSFAOfficial @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @Flyer_Football @frankfortsports @DennyDledford

If you have been reading our weekly “Outstanding Performances…” articles, the series of articles should have impressed upon you how very difficult winning this award really is. We had another spectacular week where there were numerous performances any one of which would have been a fine performance to single-out. This week, the high schools were off and the middle schoolers seized center stage. No one on that level of play thrust himself into a commonwealth-wide discussion any more forcefully than this week’s Protein-packed Performer. What do we mean by this? Well, read the article and see! Enjoy the article and join us next week as we honor another worthy recipient. HB.

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Hayden Canady from @PCCHSFootball is one of the Class of 2024’s brightest future stars. @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

We’ve learned a few things over the years from kids, or even grown men, named “Canady.” We have learned to expect a champion’s effort, performance, grit, and toughness. That is why it is no surprise Hayden Canady, like the Canady’s who have come along before, is a champion in multiple sports. Expect big things from this young ’24 prospect. HB.

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@CentreFootball…making its presence felt with @KyHighFootball ’21 prospects. @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin

There seems to be a movement among some of Kentucky’s definitive players at their respective positions to spurn offers from “larger” programs to attend schools like Centre College. Many people have expressed surprise with the in-roads Centre’s football program has made with top-notch ’21 Kentucky prospects. However, should anyone really be surprised? We don’t think so!

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@Dank_bank3 from @MurrayTigerFB is the @1776Bank ‘Revolutionary Player of the Week.’ @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @MurrayTigers

Murray High may have a backfield full of the hardest names to spell in all of football. You virtually need a doctorate to even attempt to spell Rowdy Sokolowski, Brendon Dahncke, or Charvelle McCallister. This week’s recipient, Brendon Dahncke, had a particularly good game in one of his team’s more important games of the year, against cross-town, 4A, District 1 heavyweight, Calloway County. It was a battle for supremacy in the city of Murray and the county of Calloway and Dahncke led his team to the winner’s circle. Enjoy this article about one of Kentucky’s hardest working 2021 backfield “grinders,” Brendon Dahncke, from your friends at the fastest growing bank in Kentucky, Independence Bank.

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Star RB, #JoeyBond from @bryanstationfb is the @Minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @UofLFootball @coachhawkins1

If you have been reading our weekly “Outstanding Performances…” articles, the series of articles should have impressed upon you how very difficult winning this award really is. We had another spectacular week where there were numerous performances any one of which would have been a fine performance to single-out. There are weeks where picking just one seems impossible. This was one of those weeks. We have settled on one, however, and we believe you will see exactly why. Enjoy the article and join us next week as we honor another worthy recipient. HB.

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Here is the AP’s final top-ten poll of the 2020 @KyHighFootball season. @minguabeefjerky, @PrepSpin, @1776Bank

We are privileged to get to participate in this weekly poll and we take our participation very seriously. This week we decided to post the poll as it comes to us without any effort to reformat it. We don’t know what all the little “t’s” are about but what the heck, let’s throw it up and see how it comes out the other end. The message of appreciation at the top is from Catherine Hills with the AP to KPGFootball and the other members of the subscribed media who vote the poll listed at the bottom.

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Outstanding performances from the last regular season weekend and one we missed from the week prior! @Minguabeefjerky, @PrepSpin, @KyHighFootball

Well we have some more of the world’s finest beef jerky to award this coming Wednesday in the weekly “Protein-packed Performer of the Week” and there were some strong performances around the commonwealth from which to choose. These guys listed in this article are all contenders this week and this article will fully illuminate why that is. Enjoy the article. Join us Wednesday when we reveal this week’s recipient. HB Lyon.

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Last week of the regular season. Here are our picks…@KyHighFootball @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin

We have picked four games for you which we have done some checking with the respective coaches and believe are being played tonight. We are 55-12 on the year and wanted to pick 5-games to attempt to get our win-record to a cool 60 but, in this day and time, you take what you can get. Let’s see if we can run the table this last week of the regular season which has been anything but regular. HB.

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The ‘Babin Twins’ are the @1776Bank ‘Revolutionary Players of the Week.’ @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @brandtbabin @BraedenBabin @centurions_fb

This week’s “Revolutionary Players of the Week” are The Babin Twins who need no introduction to high school football fans either in the Derby City (Louisville) or really anywhere in the commonwealth. Both of these guys are Class of 2021 and both are being heavily pursued by college programs seeking one or both of their considerable services. Go on by and see our friends at your local Independence Bank and thank them, not just for this series, but for the outstanding service and products which have started a revolution in the banking industry. Enjoy the article. HB.

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@collin_darnell4 from @LakerRchs is the @Minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @UofLFootball

If you have been reading our weekly “Outstanding Performances…” articles, the series of articles should have impressed upon you how very difficult winning this award really is. We had another spectacular week where there were numerous performances any one of which would have been a fine performance to single-out. There are weeks where picking just one seems impossible. This was one of those weeks. We have settled on one, however, and we believe you will see exactly why. Enjoy the article and join us next week as we honor another worthy recipient. HB.

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Outstanding individual performances the final weekend in October from around @KyHighFootball. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin

Well we have some more of the world’s finest beef jerky to award this coming Wednesday in the weekly “Protein-packed Performer of the Week” and there were some strong performances around the commonwealth from which to choose. These guys listed in this article are all contenders this week and this article will fully illuminate why that is. Enjoy the article. Join us Wednesday when we reveal this week’s recipient. HB Lyon.

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@lukegarrison38 from @HancockCoHS_KY is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

This week’s Revolutionary Player of the Week is a senior LB/FB from Hancock County who is having a great year and leading his team to previously unknown heights. His name is Luke Garrison and he has helped lead Hancock County to a 5-0 start, a birth, this week, in the AP top-ten poll, and even a number one vote from one of the AP’s media members. This feature is brought to you weekly by the folks over at Independence Bank. Go on by and see our friends and thank them, not just for this series, but for the outstanding service and products which have started a revolution in the banking industry. Enjoy the article. HB.

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@IsraelAzariah from @GRCCards is the @Minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @UofLFootball

If you have been reading our weekly “Outstanding Performances…” articles, the series of articles should have impressed upon you how very difficult winning this award really is. We had another spectacular week where there were numerous performances any one of which would have been a fine performance to single-out. There are weeks where picking just one seems impossible. This was one of those weeks. We have settled on one, however, and we believe you will see exactly why. Enjoy the article and join us next week as we honor another worthy recipient. HB.

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Outstanding individual performances the fourth weekend in October from around @KyHighFootball. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin

Well we have some more of the world’s finest beef jerky to award this coming Wednesday in the weekly “Protein-packed Performer of the Week” and there were some strong performances around the commonwealth from which to choose. These guys listed in this article are all contenders this week and this article will fully illuminate why that is. Enjoy the article. Join us Wednesday when we reveal this week’s recipient. HB Lyon.

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Weekend scorecard sees our performance dip to an all-time low!

Okay, members! We crow when we do well, we should own our failures. We were 5-4 this week as only 9 of the 12 games we picked even got played. We are now 45-9 on the year and our performance this week was embarrassing. We will dive in harder and try to provide a better service this coming week. In our defense, we have some “Jekyll and Hydes” out there in the high school football world. Some of these teams look like they should be in the NFL one week and then look like they aren’t sure what game they are playing the next. HB.

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@SimonGhee from @WEHSfootball1 is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

This week’s “Revolutionary Player of the Week” is one of Kentucky’s better LB/TE prospects in the class of 2023. Simon Ghee is a name you might not know but we highly recommend you learn. He is 6-2 and weighs 220 pounds and he is having quite a year for Class 4A, District 2 Warren East High School. Ghee and his teammates have a huge district showdown Friday night against Franklin-Simpson, a team which has historically had its way with both Warren East and the rest of District 2. Doesn’t appear to be the case this year. This feature is brought to you weekly by the folks over at Independence Bank. Go see our friends and thank them, not just for this series, but for the outstanding services and products which have started a revolution in the banking industry.

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#MattAnderson from @PCHawksHangout and @Beastmode69AJ (Anthony Johns) from @LCAFootball2020 share this week’s @Minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performers of the Week.” @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball

Well with the performances we are regularly seeing around Kentucky these days, it was bound to happen. We have a week we had to give out two awards. We got special permission to do it this one time so don’t be thinking this will become a “regular thing.” Matt Anderson is a top-flight sophomore RB whose performance Friday night was unbelievable. Anthony Johns is a hulking OL who also plays defense for a team which took down the defending state champion and top ranked team, Somerset, on this past Friday night. The game was in Somerset. Enjoy the article and join us next week as we honor another worthy recipient.

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Outstanding individual performances the third weekend in October from around @KyHighFootball. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin

Well we have some more of the world’s finest beef jerky to award this coming Wednesday in the weekly “Protein-packed Performer of the Week” and there were some strong performances around the commonwealth from which to choose. These guys listed in this article are all contenders this week and this article will fully illuminate why that is. Enjoy the article. Join us Wednesday when we reveal this week’s recipient. HB Lyon.

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Breathitt middle school is for real and really in the title hunt!

Breathitt Middle has beaten Meece (14-8) and Johnson County (20-8) in successive game and are entering the KYMSFA playoff seeded second in its region (behind a team it has already beaten) and undefeated. They boast two of the best players in the Class of 2025 in top-dog, Kory Combs, and big man, Sawyer Hall. Look out KYMSFA-title, the ‘Cats are coming for you! Enjoy the article contributed by former writer and editorial board member, Fletcher Long. HB.

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Javeius Bunton from @PurplesFootball is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week. @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

This week’s “Revolutionary Player of the Week” is a top-flight, 2021 RB prospect who really shone, with the help of his offensive line, last Friday night when Bowling Green hosted Class 6A, first-district power McCracken County. Bunton plays for Bowling Green High School, and is the team’s leading rusher on the year with 452-yards gained in 4 games with 86-carries and 9-TDs so far. This feature is brought to you weekly by the folks over at Independence Bank. Go on by and see our friends and thank them, not just for this series, but for the outstanding services and products which have started a revolution in the banking industry.

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Here are the KPGFootball picks for October 16, 2020. @Minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

We are 22-3 over the last two weeks and 30-3 for the season. Here are fourteen games for Friday night and what we think the outcome will be. Some of these games are “toss-ups” and some will be blow-outs. There are a few in here which will be quite closer than odds-makers believe and we have seen this phenomenon all year. Enjoy the article. HB.

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@AGLOADING26 from @SrHighFootball is the @Minguabeefjerk “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @PrepSpin, @KyHighFootball

Talk about your protein-packed performers, this 6-1, 215-pound MLB for Owensboro (Senior) High School (5A) had one of those nights where he was called upon to contribute on multiple sides of the scrimmage line. He came away with a big-time performance and productive regardless of what he was called upon to do. In a tight contest like last Friday with Owensboro Catholic, where every score was important, his contributions were instrumental to victory. We think AG (as we call him around the magazine) is the definitive player at his defensive position in Kentucky high school football. Can’t flatter a guy much more than that! Enjoy the article and join us next week as we honor another worthy recipient. HB.

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Outstanding individual performances the second weekend in October from around @KyHighFootball. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin

Well we have some more of the world’s finest beef jerky to award this coming Wednesday in the weekly “Protein-packed Performer of the Week” and there were some strong performances around the commonwealth from which to choose. These guys listed in this article are all contenders this week and this article will fully illuminate why that is. Enjoy the article. Join us Wednesday when we reveal this week’s recipient. HB Lyon.

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Logan Willis, Class of 2023, from @HancockCoHS_KY is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week

This week’s Revolutionary Player of the Week is a super young RB from Hancock County having a wonderfully productive year. His name is Logan Willis and he has helped lead Hancock County to a 4-0 start and a birth, this week, in the AP top-ten poll. This feature is brought to you weekly by the folks over at Independence Bank. Go on by and see our friends and thank them, not just for this series, but for the outstanding service and products which have started a revolution in the banking industry. Enjoy the article. HB.

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#Isaac Dixon from @BelfryFootball1 is the @minguabeefjery “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @PrepSpin, @KyHighFootball, @1776Bank

Talk about your protein-packed performers, this 5-11, 190-pound RB/DB for Belfry High School (3A) had a quite a night this past Friday. Matter of fact, he’s having quite the year. We think he is a bone fide “Mr. Football” candidate. He’s been in the running every week for the “prize.” If a night like what he had Friday doesn’t get you a T-shirt and some beef jerky, it is hard to imagine what one has to accomplish to win the award. Enjoy the article and join us next week as we honor another worthy recipient. HB.

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Outstanding individual performances the first weekend in October from around @KyHighFootball. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin; featured players: @williammlong, @orryperry19, #LeetaviousCline, #DillonRoe, @SebashMullah, @AGLOADING26, @BelfryFootball1 (Isaac Dixon), @AdrianStringer6, @Harris_Phelps1, plus many more…

Well we have some more of the world’s finest beef jerky to award this coming Wednesday in the weekly “Protein-packed Performer of the Week” and there were some strong performances around the commonwealth from which to choose. These guys listed in this article are all contenders this week and this article will fully illuminate why that is. Enjoy the article. Join us Wednesday when we reveal this week’s recipient. HB Lyon.

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KPGFootball’s vote in this week’s Associated Press top-10 football poll…

We take voting in the AP poll very seriously. We are proud to be a subscribed member of the foremost press agency in the land and feel our votes should be cast thoughtfully and only after having done the work. This is how we cast our vote for the poll which will be released the 5th of October 2020. We also included some reasons for why certain teams were voted where they were. Enjoy the article and thanks for supporting our site. HB.

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@JacobyTbury79 from @PikevilleHSFB hard to see in this photograph but not on the field in 2020. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KyHighFootball

This young man is an excellent player along an odd front as a nose. He may have a future along the interior as an offensive lineman too in college where his defensive background will be viewed as a “plus.” Historically, converted defensive linemen make for more aggressive offensive linemen who are better finishers. There are lots of examples of this. Enjoy this article which emanated from out sit down with a prospect in the Class of 2022 who is one of our very favorites, commonwealth-wide. HB.

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@lincoln_clancy from @OCathFootball is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week! @miguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

Here’s one for our friends in Owensboro, Kentucky where Independence Bank has 3-branches presently. QB, Lincoln Clancy had huge shoes to fill when he inherited the job from 2019 graduate, Drew Hartz. So far the returns are very favorable. Most importantly, he has led the “Aces” to three wins against zero defeats. Catholic (2A) still has to play Owensboro “Senior” (5A), Apollo (6A), and Daviess County (6A) before everything is “said and done.” For now, Clancy is rolling and so is the team he has been entrusted to lead. Congratulations on being the “Revolutionary Player of the Week” and join us, this time next week, as we distinguish another worthy recipient. HB.

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The first weekend in October…who wins, who loses around @KyHighFootball? We pick the winner and give a projected score in 11-Kentucky-wide games! @minguabeefjerky, @PrepSpin, @1776Bank

Lots of good games about this weekend in Kentucky high school football. In this article we go in depth about Middlesboro at Breathitt courtesy of editorial board member Fletcher Long, editor and sports reporter for the Jackson Times-Voice, and then look at some other key area matchups. In each one, we give you what we believe the final score will be. Enjoy the article and the weekend’s slate of games. HB.

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@zac10ckhart from @PikevilleHSFB is the @minguabeefjery “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @PrepSpin, @KyHighFootball, @1776Bank

Talk about your protein-packed performers, this 6-1, 180-pound WR for Pikeville High School (1A) had a night which broke two state records and came in 3rd in another statistical category. If a night like that doesn’t get you a T-shirt and some beef jerky, it is hard to imagine what one has to accomplish to win this award. Junior, Zack Lockhart had an incredible performance against Henry Clay(6A) and one we will likely never forget. Enjoy the article and join us next week as we honor another worthy recipient.

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Lots of folks around @KyHighFootball are wondering how good is the #WestCarter team? @CoachDBark, @orreyperry19, and several other Comets would tell you very good (featured photo: Michael Boggs, Sports View America)!

West Carter is beginning to make quite a bit of noise around 2A’s 8th District. This team played Beechwood for a regional title a year ago and looked poised to make it, at least, that far again this coming season, pandemic permitting. We look at this team and some of its “star power” in this article. Enjoy, Comet fans! HB.

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Outstanding individual performances the last weekend in September from around @KyHighFootball. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin

Well we have some more of the world’s finest beef jerky to award this coming Wednesday in the weekly “Protein-packed Performer of the Week” and there were some strong performances around the commonwealth from which to choose. These guys listed in this article are all contenders this week and this article will fully illuminate why that is. Enjoy the article. Join us Wednesday when we reveal this week’s recipient. HB Lyon.

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Here’s how @KPGFootball voted in this week’s @AP @KyHighFootball poll. @minguabeefjerky, @1776Bank, @PrepSpin

We take voting in the AP poll very seriously. We are proud to be a subscribed member of the foremost press agency in the land and feel our votes should be cast thoughtfully and only after having done the work. This is how we cast our vote for the poll which will be released the 28th (Yom Kippur) of September. We also included some reasons for why certain teams were voted where they were. Enjoy the article and thanks for your support. HB.

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@loftonhoward1 who plays for @GHSGatorFball is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week…. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

This week’s “Revolutionary Player of the Week” is a top-flight, 2023 QB/FS prospect who really showed out this week on the defensive side of the football at his free safety deployment. Howard plays for Greenwood High School. This feature is brought to you weekly by the folks over at Independence Bank. Go on by and see our friends and thank them, not just for this series, but for the outstanding services and products which have started a revolution in the banking industry.

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For those caught up on classification, @PikevilleHSFB (1A) travels to Lexington to play @HCHSDevilsFB (6A) Friday night. We pick the winner right here… @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

We have been telling you for years the enrollment of the high school has very little to do with how good of a football team it has in Kentucky. Well, tomorrow night, we suppose Pikeville High School (1A) will make the point for us when they travel to play Lexington’s Henry Clay High School (6A). This game won’t be close and it won’t be the team from Kentucky’s smallest classification feeling the effect of Friday night on Saturday morning. Enjoy the look brought to you like only KPGFootball can do it. HB.

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@DarionDearinger from @AndersonCoFB is the @Minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer of the Week.’ @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Talk about your protein-packed performers, this 6-4, 285-pound TE/DE for Anderson County is roundly considered the best player at his defensive position in Kentucky High School Football. He had an incredible performance against Harrison County, albeit in a losing effort. Enjoy the article and join us next week as we honor another worthy recipient.

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@RooDaKid25 (Anthony “Rooster” Woodard) stuffed the stat sheet on both sides for @LC_Cougars this past Friday night.

We first wrote about this prospect in an article entitled “Russellville Rolls when the Rooster Crows.” Yeah, we were really proud of the title. We thought it enormously clever. That article was published April 15, 2017. Here it is, 2020, coming up on 2021, and we are still writing about this same player; and yes, we are still calling him “Rooster Woodard.” He has rounded into the type prospect we believed he would be all along. Right again! Enjoy this article about a prospect we have been on for quite a while. HB.

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Here’s how we voted in this week’s Associated Press weekly top-10 polls for each classification and why… @minguabeefjerky @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin

We take voting in the AP poll very seriously. We are proud to be a subscribed member of the foremost press agency in the land and feel our votes should be cast thoughtfully and only after having done the work. This is how we cast our vote for the poll which will be released the 14th of September. We also included some reasons for why certain teams were voted where they were. Enjoy the article and thanks for your support.

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Outstanding individual performances this past weekend (09-18-2020) from around @KyHighFootball. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin

Well we have some more of the world’s finest beef jerky to award this coming Wednesday in the weekly “Protein-packed Performer of the Week” and there were some strong performances around the commonwealth from which to choose. These guys listed in this article are all contenders this week and this article will fully illuminate why that is. Enjoy the article. Join us Wednesday when we reveal this week’s recipient. HB Lyon.

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@harold_hogg (Harold Patterson II) from @AHSEagleNation (Owensboro Apollo) is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week

Harold Patterson’s Eagles really struggled in the opener against the Red Devils from Owensboro High School. Not many teams invade Red Devil Stadium and come away looking too good. The Eagles really need to rebound tonight when Meade County’s “Green Wave” come crashing into Apollo’s shore looking for high tide. Coach Edge’s Eagles will need another performance like Patterson turned in against Owensboro (Senior) High to have a chance to emerge victorious. Enjoy this article brought to you by your friends with the service and people who have revolutionized the banking industry in Kentucky: Independence Bank. Join us again next week as we highlight another terrific player.

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@AdrianStringer6 from @HCCHS_Football is the @Minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Performer of the Week’

We really can’t figure what goes better with middle or high school football than top-quality beef products, full of flavor and protein, like Mingua’s distinctive brand of jerky. It is perfectly seasoned, perfectly delicious, and perfectly satisfying. Welcome aboard Mingua Beef Jerky to the family and we look forward to working with you toward promoting and highlighting deserving young athletes. HB Lyon.

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The Associated Press weekly top-10 high school football poll…

There were only 9 of the commonwealth’s subscribed media members which voted in the ENTIRE weekly top-10 poll. We take seriously our obligation to you, our subscribers, to insure your voices are heard. We vote every week and will continue to do so. The following is the final poll. Those of you who subscribe to our service already know how we voted. HB.

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Outstanding individual performances this past weekend from around @KyHighFootball. @minguabeefjerky @PrepSpin

We may have to start calling this article “The Race for the World’s Finest Beef Jerky.” We had scouts all over Kentucky this weekend and they saw some impressive individual efforts. Nothing in life is guaranteed but if I were a betting man I would think this week’s Mingua Beef Jerky Power-packed Performer of the Week may well be in this article. Enjoy. HB.

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KPGFootball’s weekly AP, top-ten vote… @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @PrepSpin @Kyhighfootball

We take voting in the AP poll very seriously. We are proud to be a subscribed member of the foremost press agency in the land and feel our votes should be cast thoughtfully and only after having done the work. This is how we cast our vote for the poll which will be released the 14th of September. We also included some reasons for why certain teams were voted where they were. Enjoy the article and thanks for your support. HB.

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@AndrewMunster from @mcleancohs1 is the @1776Bank, Revolutionary Player of the Week.

On the eve of opening the season, we decided to go back and award a former recipient of this same award. Andrew Munster was first awarded the Revolutionary Player of the Week by Independence Bank on January 26, 2019. With his recent selection to the “Herald-Leader Hundred” we thought now would be a good time to give the distinction to him a second time. Join us next week as we award this to another worthy recipient. HB.

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@williammlong, with @bchsbaby, is the @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein Packed Performer of the Week.’

We are very proud to be adding this new segment to the KPGFootball family. We really can’t figure what goes better with middle or high school football than top-quality beef products, full of flavor and protein, like Mingua’s distinctive brand of jerky. It is perfectly seasoned, perfectly delicious, and perfectly satisfying. Welcome aboard Mingua Beef Jerky to the family and we look forward to working with you toward promoting and highlighting deserving young athletes. HB Lyon.

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@MHSCardinalsFB will invade the @MustangRedZone at @gomaccracken this Friday night. We’ll dissect that matchup right here and pick a winner.

If I pick McCracken to win, the Mayfield Cardinal legion will go absolutely berserk. Those guys would be upset if the College Game Day crew picked Alabama over Mayfield. That is one of the main reasons Mayfield is Mayfield. However, McCracken went on the road and beat the Cardinals by double-digits in 2019. Will the Mustangs do it again in 2020? The answer to that question is in this article and on the field Friday night. HB.

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It’s game week and Labor Day: Let’s get this thing started the right way. Matchup Analysis of the biggest game in the Bluegrass, Sept. 11, @JCAthletics_ at @BellCoFootball

Here is a game which will be tougher than it looks on paper. Everyone gets all over the top about the loss of London Stephney at QB for Bell. His loss is huge, he was a fine player. However, what is left in Bell County, post-Stepney, is still elite talent. Johnson Central suffered some losses to graduation too. This game will be a tight one. Who’s going to win? Well, you’ll have to buy the article or subscribe to find that out! HB.

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Featured Matchup (9-11-2020): @LeslieCountyHS at @clay_co_fb. @KyHighFootball @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank

These same teams played early in 2019 in Hyden, Kentucky. Clay County won that game by 17-points. Fans can’t act like high school teams are the same year in and year out. There is something called “graduation” which plays a big part in any high school team’s fortunes. Who will win this year’s game to be played the 11th in Manchester? Glad you asked, we broke down for you in this article? Enjoy! HB.

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Chris Hill, c/o 2022, who plays for @MNHHS_Football is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week

There is no better time than the present to anoint another Independence Bank player of the week. Independence Bank is proud to sponsor a weekly article highlighting players in the areas where Independence Bank flourishes who embody the same type of revolutionary service to their respective football teams which has made Independence Bank unique and special in the banking industry. This week’s recipient is a player who appeared in 10 or so games in 2019 as a sophomore on a roster which was heavily laden with senior talent. Chris Hill has the frame, hostility, and athletic ability to really come to the fore in 2020 and we look for him to do just that. Hill’s efforts will really make the Maroons’ offense roll this coming season and he figures to be in the rotation on the defense front too. Join us next week as we award this to another worthy recipient.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020 will see @LCAKYEagles travel to Louisville to tackle @DeSalesColtsFB. Who wins? We have the answer for you right here!

This may be the top matchup in Kentucky the opening weekend of high school football. If we could get the ESPN family of networks to pick it up it would make quite a showcase for the quality of the Kentucky high school game. Enjoy this look at this tremendous early season test for both teams.

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@TannerCoyle3, Class of 2021, from @prphsfootball (Louisville)…Tough as nails! @VictorCoyle1 @KyHighFootball

Talk about your under appreciated football talents in Kentucky, we think Tanner Coyle, Pleasure Ridge Park, is one of the best MLBers and FBs in Kentucky’s graduating class of 2021. He puts the work in slinging the iron and those are numbers which can’t be faked. They just are what they are. If we were fielding a team, we don’t mind telling you he would certainly be on it. Enjoy the article. HB.

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@grindtimesayy (Selah Brown) from @MaleBulldogs is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week.

This week’s “Revolutionary Player of the Week” is a top-flight, 2022 SDE playing for Louisville’s Male High School. His name is Selah Brown. This is a kid ranked a 4-star national recruit by many of the most established recruiting services and one consistently ranked among the very best with his hand in the dirt playing along the defense’s line of scrimmage in his graduating class throughout the commonwealth. This feature is brought to you weekly by the folks over at Independence Bank. Go on by and see our friends and thank them, not just for this series, but for the outstanding services and products which have started a revolution in the banking industry.

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@LeavellDamarcus, Class of 2021, looks to ‘pave the way’ for Todd County Central’s ground forces…

Here is an outstanding two way lineman for the Todd County Central Rebels who plays tackle for his high school team but predicts to slide inside at the next level. Damarcus is a kid we have before featured and one of the very best high school players in the Big Sky Conference’s little school division. New Coach Josh Robins will need his contributions to build off the success of his predecessor. The Rebels were 6-5 a year ago and have the weapons back to challenge for the district this coming year. Enjoy the article!

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@colton_evans14, a c/o 2021 placekicker for @HCCols_Football, is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week

This week’s “Revolutionary Player of the Week” is a top-flight, placekicker who led the Colonels in 2019 in points scored. Nothing can impact a high school game more demonstrably than great special teams and having a kicker like Colton Evans is like finding money in the pocket of the pants you just got back from the dry cleaners. This feature is brought to you weekly by the folks over at Independence Bank. Go on by and see our friends and thank them, not just for this series, but for the outstanding services and products which have started a revolution in the banking industry.

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Checking in with @BrocBridges25, class of 2021, leading his @FultonCoPilots to the ‘Promised Land’

This kid is our top 2021 DE in the entire 1A classification. Here’s the rub, he’s being recruited to play on offense just as hard as on defense. Many D-1s rave about him as a TE prospect. He’s a fine player. Enjoy this look at Fulton County’s Broc Bridges. You’ll hear plenty more about him before it is all said and done, believe us. HB.

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@iamzanedeaton (Zane Deaton, C/O 2022) promises to keep @hazardfootball1 where they customarily reside, toward the top of the 1A classification

The Hazard Bulldogs, when they unload off the bus, just never look like how you would think a 1A team would look. They are always big, brutish, physical, well-coached, and in the 1A title-hunt. One problem they have is the emergence of district-foe, Pikeville, as the classification’s preeminent team. With young talent like Zane Deaton and Elijah Gayheart, coach Howard will find his way. Enjoy this look at Deaton. HB.

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The loudest voice in the #LetUsPlay movement may belong to @ifitz03_isaiah (Isaiah Fitzpatrick) from @AndersonCoFB, with good reason!

Well, simply put, this article is a flexing of our scouting muscle. There isn’t a single sports entity, outside of Anderson County, who even knows who this prospect is, much less that he is now prepared to set fire to the KHSAA’s 5th-district in Class 4A. Isaiah Fitzpatrick has grown, added muscle, dropped his 40-time from 4.6 to 4.42, and is ready to use his senior film to get some major attention. If given a chance this year, he is going to kill it. #LetHimPlay! Enjoy the article. It is why we are so different than (and superior to) any other entity covering this sport in the commonwealth of Kentucky. Know one knows even half what we do! HB.

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