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To say Andrew Blanton from Bardstown is either an offensive or defensive lineman alone is a bit of an understatement. Blanton has played at offensive center, guard, and tackle and defensively at nose, tackle, and end. The 2nd-Team All PAC Conference performer is like gaining two lines of scrimmage in one player.

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

Migua Beef Jerky uses Enviro-Pac CHU-2000 equipment to cook its meat to USDA required levels for both moist or dry operation. Mingua Beef Jerky wants you to become one of its many satisfied customers by sampling its quality hand sliced, all natural beef jerky. We know you’ll love it and come back for more, again and again.    

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 Performer, Class of ’23, C, OT, OG, NG, DT, & DE, Andrew Blanton from Bardstown, Kentucky’s Thomas Nelson High School, wouldn’t it? 

Thomas Nelson has a hard row to hoe around the Bardstown community. For starters, it shares a slot in the 3rd District of the 3A Classification with cross town rival, Bardstown High. Bardstown High is annually among the best teams in the Classification and is coming off a 12-1 campaign which saw them lose narrowly in the Regional Championship game to Glasgow, 48-42.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t good football being played by Coach Peake’s Generals. The Generals came out of the gate with a pair of wins a year ago before faltering the next six (6) contests. The Generals sort of righted the ship in ’21, winning two of its last three ball games before calling it a year.

For lack of a better term Blanton would have to be called an extremely effective utility player. He logged time at three different slots along the offensive front a year ago and three slots along the defensive front too. That is incredible versatility.

Blanton did much more than just fill a vacancy too. His exceptional play in ’21 landed him a spot on the All-PAC Conference’s 2nd team at season’s end.

There are plenty of suitors vying for Blanton’s next-level services. If you look at his Twitter followers, an indicator we have always found reliable, you will see programs from Union College to Hanover checking in regularly on Blanton and his progression.

We would like to point out Blanton counts offensive center among his skill sets. It has been our experience players who can effectively play offensive center almost always find next-level homes as those are positions of keen need where there is often a fairly scarce supply.

Blanton, left of frame

Mingua Beef Jerky and we decided this talented and exceptionally versatile ’23 player, and rising senior, 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 Thomas Nelson High School’s Andrew Blanton. 

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! 

Fletcher W. Long, Editor

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About Henry Lyon 1040 Articles
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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