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Freshman served notice his ‘presence’ around Kentucky High School football will be felt for quite a while

Talk about a kid making the most of his chances, Baron Hardesty, ’26 TE/LB from Mount Washington’s Buillitt East High, stuffed his stat-sheet right well for a freshman playing for a 6A championship program. This guy has an enviable frame, at 6’2″ and 225-pounds, and we are quite sure his frame is far from a finished product. It used to be said you could count on a loss for every freshman a program was forced to start. Man, those days are long gone.

Fletcher W. Long, Chief of the Scouting Division, KPGFootball

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…[S]omething different and superior to all other beef jerkies…

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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 PerformerBaron Hardesty from Mount Washington, Kentucky’s Bullitt East High School, wouldn’t it? 

Baron Hardesty just completed his freshman season. Now, freshmen used to not play, particularly at programs which were just recently crowned the Class 6A Kentucky State Champions. We have seen a trend of younger players finding the field earlier and earlier and being capable of handling the varsity assignment, even physically. If you don’t think Hardest, a ’26 DE/LB, was up to the challenge physically, hit this link and watch him power clean this 245-pounds.

Hardesty played in 14-games according to the KHSAA statistical website. That is a freshman regularly playing and contributing on a roster so laden with talent it won the “Big Boy” championship this year in football, Kentucky’s 6A.

I believe (Hardesty) was the only freshman in the commonwealth of Kentucky to play in a 6A championship this year

Keegan Kendrick, Buillitt East’s Head Football Coach

The 6’2,” 220-pounder registered 30-tackles, 4-TFL’s, 2.5-QB sacks, 1-FF, and 1-FR. Coach Keegan Kendrick, who is the reigning Kentucky High School Coach’s Association Coach of the Year in 6A (and deservedly), was quoted as saying, “I believe (Hardesty) was the only freshman in the commonwealth of Kentucky to play in a 6A championship this year. [Hardesty] packs a punch every time he makes contact.”

That is high praise in deed.

Perhaps as important as anything he does on the field, the young man is presently carrying a 4.0 GPA in the classroom. His head coach’s describing him as a “playmaker” is illustrative of his being a primetime performer. Apparently that distinction extends into the classroom as well.

We have awarded this to Hardesty as we can’t fathom how any one athlete could have had a better freshman season, particularly in logging “big plays,” than the freshman from Mount Washington, Kentucky. On this basis, Mingua Beef Jerky and we decided this talented and accomplished ’26 DE/LB could use a bolt of protein and a sweet T-shirt. The company volunteered to send that to him, straight away.  

Join us next week as we return to honor another weekly prize winner. 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 Buillitt East High’s, Baron Hardesty.

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! 

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