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Bailey Thacker is framed out exactly like colleges like to see QB prospects. At 6’4″ and 200-pounds, and coming off the sophomore production we saw from Thacker in ’21, Thacker is firmly in discussion for the best QB in 3A if not the entire commonwealth among his ’24 brethren.

Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball Senior Scout and Editorial Board Member

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Today, the Mingua Beef Jerky Company still prides itself on using its old-fashioned, all-natural recipes which offer outstanding products to customers across the nation. The recipes are a family tradition, passed down from generation to generation.    

Our recipes and our quality ingredients, hand-cut from solid pieces of beef, are never chopped or formed like other brands, making our products superior and one of a kind. That would make our products similar to this week’s Protein Packed Performer, Class of ’24, QB, Bailey Thacker from Ashland, Kentucky’s Paul G. Blazer High School, wouldn’t it? 

Bailey Thacker is the very picture of how a football team wants its QB to look. Thacker is 6’4″ and weighs 200-pounds and completed almost 70 percent of his passes a season ago (124 for 181, 69% completion rate).

Thacker threw for 1,836-passing yards with 19-TDs against only 4-INTs. Thacker was effective running the football too. He gained 180-yards on 39-rushes with a TD over the ground.

Thacker is what is called a pro-style QB. He’s never going to make his living rushing the football but he is deceptively mobile, running a 40-yard dash in 4.7-seconds, covering the pro-agility short-shuttle (5-10-5) in 4.48-seconds, and completing the L-Drill in 7.6-seconds.

Now, Ashland Blazer is among the very best 3A football traditions in the commonwealth of Kentucky. The Tomcats won the whole enchilada in ’20 and followed that up with a 7-5 mark a year ago, getting upended by East Carter in the playoffs’ second round in a game in which many picked the boys from Paul G. Blazer High to prevail even though the game was played in Grayson, Kentucky.

If there is one thing we know, especially around the Ashland, Kentucky area, it is Coach Love will have his Tomcats in the thick of the Kentucky 3A Title-hunt. Having QBs coming off sensational sophomore seasons the likes of Bailey Thacker is how programs like Ashland-Blazer reload as opposed to rebuild.

Another fact on which one may bet is the Blazer program will look to the Mingua family to provide needed protein and nourishment all along the journey. The Mingua family will be proud to oblige.

Mingua Beef Jerky and we decided this talented pro-style, ’24 QB, and rising junior, could use a bolt of protein. The company volunteered to send him some straight away.

Join us next week as we honor another worthy player. Until then, pop some Mingua Beef Jerky in your mouth and savor the quality and flavor which sets it apart from all the competition. Remember, our product is superior and one of a kind; just like Paul G. Blazer High School’s Bailey Thacker. 

This is HB Lyon reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron reminding you that WE’RE JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT and don’t forget to SAVOR THE FLAVOR! 

Editorial Note: This prospect tells us he has transferred to Ironton, Ohio where he will play football this coming Fall. Ironton, Ohio is 10 min (5.8 mi) via US-52 E/Ohio River Scenic Byway from Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland, Kentucky.

Fletcher W. Long, Editor

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Have coached at the high school and middle school level. Have worked in athletic administration. Conceal my identity to enable my candor on articles published by this magazine. Only members of the editorial board are aware of my true identity.

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