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Breathitt’s WR/DB superstar an equally accomplished basketball prospect

This guy’s athleticism and vertical explosion are both off the charts. He has crazy speed over the top, super good length at 6’3,” and soft, supple hands which reel in lots of deep passes and scores plenty of TD’s. He is presently sporting numerous D-1 basketball offers, next level, as he is a premier guard prospect in the Bluegrass. His performance last Friday night demonstrated his usefulness on the gridiron shouldn’t be discounted or overlooked. After all, he’s just a sophomore.

Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball Senior Scout

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.   

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

KPGFootball on the quality of Mingua’s product

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.  

Breathitt County may be the best 2A team in Kentucky.

HB Lyon, KPGFootball’s Senior Sport Writer
Photo: Brendon Miller, BSN

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 ’25, WR/DB, Austin Sperry from Jackson, Kentucky’s Breathitt High, wouldn’t it? 

Breathitt County may be the best 2A team in Kentucky. For those ready to rile against this claim, consider a 2A team hasn’t beaten the Bobcats all year and one of the 4A’s teams who did manage to win its game with Breathitt is a ranked squad, one of the best in Kentucky’s 4A, and proved as much in its very narrow, one-point loss to 4A heavyweight Johnson Central. We are speaking of Letcher Central (of course).

The boys from Hyden, Kentucky were playing well [so was Breathitt]…

HB Lyon

Breathitt entered the Grace Health Veterans Bowl with the regular season, 7th-District crown, and post season No. 1 seed all at stake. The boys from Hyden, Kentucky were playing well and had one of its better teams in recent memory.

Photo: Brendon Miller, BSN

Breathitt’s ’25 superstar vertical threat would have none of it. Sperry caught 5-targets from his QB, Tyler Bryant, accumulating 102-yards receiving on the night. He also scored three (3) TD’s. Sperry also played well defensively as a “lock down” corner.

On the year, Sperry has 32-catches for 649-receiving yards and 9-TD’s. Sperry is Breathitt’s top-scorer and is among the team leaders in INT’S (tied for 2nd).

Sperry caught 5-targets from his QB…accumulating 102-yards receiving

HB Lyon

Breathitt finds itself 6-2 on the year with a date at home with 4A Knox County Central (5-4) this Friday night. A win over the well regarded, 4A football team won’t change anything in the first two rounds, as Breathitt is expected to be home for both, but may mean the difference between a regional championship game on the road or on the Riverbank. We shall see as they say.

The Bobcats will open with West Carter, at home, in the KHSAA’s first round the following week. That will be a tough matchup, but the 2-7 Comets aren’t as good as they have been in recent years and Breathitt has an excellent change of advancing from there.

The Bobcats will open [KHSAA playoffs] with West Carter…

HB Lyon, KHSAA playoff committee

Mingua Beef Jerky and we decided this talented and accomplished ’23 QB could use a bolt of protein. The company volunteered to send him some straight away. 

Photo: Brendon Miller, BSN

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 Breathitt High’s Austin Sperry.

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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About Henry Lyon 1210 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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