@ashton_adams14 from @MasonCoFootball is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the Week. @PrepSpin @CentreFootball @MaxPreps @1776Bank

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. 

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.

Our recipes and our quality ingredients, hand-cut from solid pieces of beef, and never chopped or formed like other brands, make our products superior and one of a kind. That would make our products similar to this week’s Protein Packed Performer of the Week, Class of ’22’s “Jack of All Trades” and “Master of Quite a Few,” Ashton Adams from Maysville, Kentucky’s Mason County High School, wouldn’t it? 

The Royals of Mason County, a District 6 team in the 3A classification, have some impressive talent on the roster. We have before featured several of the team’s individual players.

Dravin Routt is Kentucky’s premier long-snapper and is a handful along either line of scrimmage and recruitable at all three posts. We have seen Brandon Dearing forecast as one of Kentucky’s very best RBs in his graduating class. We have before featured him in addition to Routt.

All of that being said, if we could take away from the Royals roster one player to put on a team of our own choosing, we are selecting Ashton Adams. Why?…Versatility!

Breathitt County had a wunderkind (German noun, one who exceeds at an early age) playing for it the last few years named Lane Weddle. Weddle was a former winner of this prestigious award.

Displaying versatility eerily similar to Ashton Admas, Weddle was among Breathitt’s ’20 leaders in rushing yards, receiving yards, receptions, tackles, interceptions, and yardage gained in the return game fielding punts and placekicks. Weddle, like Adams, also handled the punter/placekicker duties.

Weddle is headed to play baseball and football at the University of the Cumberlands. Ask Kyle Moore, the head coach at Breathitt, if he would like to have Weddle return for ’21?

Adams in ’20, the shortened season (we all know why), was Mason County’s second leading passer in “yards thrown.” Adams led the team in TDs-thrown, was third in rushing yards gained from scrimmage, was the third leading scorer, and converted close to 80% of his PATs while handling the punting duties as well. 

Adams, who is big enough to play linebacker and fast enough to play safety, was tied for second in recovered fumbles. Adams was fifth in tackles. 

Looking at Adams’ sophomore year, with a full slate of games, our winner converted 86.1% of his PATs, was 5th in team scoring, had half of the team’s forced fumbles and was tied for second in recoveries. Adams was credited with 69-tackles in ’19 while leading the ball club with 4 of the team’s 18-intercepted passes. 

Adams, who wears number 14, is 5-11 and weighs 190-pounds. He runs the forty in 4.87-seconds, bench presses 225, reps the high school bench weight (185 lbs.) ten times, and back squats a cool 350-lbs. while shuttling in 4.45-seconds.

Adams was on a recruiting visit this past weekend where they went around the room asking the prospects to introduce themselves and give their positions. When it got around to Adams, Adams accurately related, “I play QB/PK/Punter/Safety/ and OLB.” One of the other people in the room asked, “All in one game?”

Is there a new “leader in the clubhouse” for Adams’ services?

That is the key to this prospect’s exceedingly high value on the recruiting trail. In securing a commitment from this player, you’re getting the value of a position player, potentially on either side of the scrimmage line, together with a specialist at two key slots in football’s third phase of the game (P/PK).

Adams has been hot on the recruiting trail, fielding offers and making visits. He has multiple offers, not all of which have been publicized. His family and he have elected to await proposed packages before announcing. After all, these packages need to be “fully on the table” before the offers can be fairly considered, they reason.

We, at the magazine, can’t fault this reasoning. However, we asked Ashton if there was already a favorite in the clubhouse?

Ashton told KPGFootball, “After one visit I took recently; yes, I do believe there is a new leader for my services. I don’t want to say any more at the present time.”

There is an easy explanation for our picking Ashton for this week’s recognition. Basically this; if you want to know how to spell “Production” it is spelled A-D-A-M-S. Value is similarly spelled, just for the record.

Mingua Beef Jerky enjoys distinguishing and then rewarding, publicizing, and feeding young men who lend considerable value to the team. With everything this young athlete has done and is forecast to contribute this coming season, we thought he could use some nourishment and maybe a sweet T-shirt!

For the T-shirt and the bolt of protein, we asked our friends at Mingua Beef Jerky to send him some. Like always, they were thrilled to oblige.

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 Maysville’s Ashton Adams.

This is HB Lyon reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron reminding you that WE’RE JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT! 

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