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Bardstown High’s big man in the middle looks to stay there “next level”

Aiden Riley, from Bardstown, has the perfect build and height to play NG in college. It is a good thing, because that is where he is most likely to be deployed next level. He plays with low leverage, has good leg kick, is explosive off the line, and can either scrape or gap. He is a two-way star for the Tigers and among the reasons they are among the premier 3A programs in Kentucky.

HB Lyon, Scouting Division, KPGFootball

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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.            

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

KPGFootball on the quality of Mingua’s product

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 PerformerAiden Riley from Bardstown, Kentucky’s Bardstown High wouldn’t it? 

Aiden Riley is a 6’1,” 305 pound immovable object who plays along the offensive and defensive fronts for the Bardstown Tigers. Riley made the All-District team and was honorably mentioned All-State on the Coaches’ team yearly published in the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Riley registered 40-tackles, nine (9)TFL’s, and a pair of QB-sacks

KHSAA statistical website

In addition to the perfect build, Riley’s play has been much more than adequate. In ’22, Riley registered 40-tackles in spite of being constantly double-teamed. Riley also was among the leaders in TFL’s (9) and QB-sacks (2).

Before you criticize that sack total, remember where Riley is playing. He has to basically get through the center, a guard or two, and a back just to arrive at the QB. That is not easily done.

Old Number 77 (Riley) made both the All-District (first-team) and was honorably mentioned on the Coaches’ All-State football team (Courier-Journal). We have watched his film. This guy just caves in the interior OL.

Riley caves in an opponent’s interior OL

Fletcher Long, Senior Sports Writer, KPGFootball

We have awarded this to Riley as we can’t fathom how any one student athlete could have taken the skills the Good Lord gave him and done anymore with it to help his team. On this basis, Mingua Beef Jerky and we decided this talented and accomplished ’24 NG 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 Bardstown’s, Aiden Riley. 

This is Fletcher W. Long reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE and don’t forget to SAVOR THE FLAVOR! 

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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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