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Ronnie Mingua began experimenting with making beef jerky back in the 1990s. He shared his efforts with neighbors and friends, soon realizing he had come up with something different and superior to all other beef jerkies on the market. From these humble beginnings, Mingua Beef Jerky got its start.  

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 PerformerDaniel Thomas, ’24 RB/LB from Bell County High School in Pineville, Kentucky.

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

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We don’t know why but Daniel Thomas is having trouble getting a sniff above the NCAA, Division II level. That is no reflection on him as there are players in the NFL from all levels of collegiate play.

We can tell you the problem isn’t his on-field production. It isn’t the classroom either as the versatile, three-sport varsity star (football, wrestling, and baseball) carries a 4.07 GPA.

Simply put-college’s at all levels miss on some prospects. If that were not the case, NFL rosters would be laden with players from the same Power-5 schools and that is not the case.

Thomas has proven his mettle all season. Scott Fitzgerald and I were fortunate to get to interview Belfry’s Phillip Haywood shortly before Belfry entertained Bell County on “Pond Creek” in Belfry, Kentucky for the second round of the KHSAA playoffs.

Against Belfry, Thomas carried the football 35-times and gained 249-yards rushing, scoring a TD and three, two-pointers
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We asked Coach what he was going to do to slow down Thomas. Haywood replied he didn’t know. Thomas’ output in that game suggests Coach Haywood was “shooting us pretty straight.”

Against Belfry, Thomas carried the football 35-times from scrimmage. He gained 249-yards rushing, scored a TD, and tallied exactly half of the team’s points on the evening (12 of 24). Thomas carried the pigskin across the goal line for one rushing TD and three, two-point conversions to comprise those 12-points.

Thomas also played defense. Thomas tallied six tackles on the night.

Bell County needed every point and every tackle Thomas could muster on Haywood Field in the CAM. The game ended 24-22 in Bell’s favor and there was literally no margin for error on either side for either team.

Bell County is the best 3A football team on the eastern end of Kentucky but can the Bobcats compete with Louisville powers, Central and CAL?

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Thomas has had an incredible year. The ’24 “Athlete” has gained 3,159-yards on 295-carries while scoring 45 rushing TDs. Thomas averaged 10.71-ypc this season and scored a TD every 6.56-carries.

He had a once in a lifetime night in round two. He’s also had a once in a generation type season.

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 the competition. Remember, our product is superior and one of a kind; just like Bell County’s, Daniel Thomas. 

This is Friday Night Fletch reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron and reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE. Don’t forget to SAVOR THE FLAVOR! 

Bell County entertains a 9-2 East Carter squad, Friday night, in Pineville, Kentucky. Kentucky Prep Gridiron predicts the Bogcats will beat East Carter, 35-14

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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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