@blakebirchfiel1 from @PikevilleHSFB is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the week! @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @AppalachiaPrep

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 ’23, WR/DB, Blake Birchfield from Pikeville, Kentucky’s Pikeville High School, wouldn’t it? 

Pikeville High School is a team with more than its share of stars. You have Isaac McNamee at QB (’22), Zac Lockhart at WR/DB (’22), Landon Hammock on the OL/DL (’22), Jacoby Thornsbury (’22, OL/DL), Carson Wright (’23, RB/LB), and Peyton and Mason Sayers (’23s, OL/DL). It is just a veritable treasure-trove of talent, especially in light of its being a Class 1A football program.

Their football facilities don’t scream 1A, their talent certainly doesn’t, and their coaching staff is as good as anyone’s at any level of competition. That is why it is no surprise when the Panthers beat teams as high up as 6A during any regular season. They will literally play anyone.

One of their better weapons, and one who may get overlooked in and amongst all the other star players, is ’23 superstar prospect Blake Birchfield. Blake has been hitting the camp/combine circuit and his “off the charts” athleticism is turning heads.

Birchfield runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and he turned in a 4.51-second 40 running for Morehead’s coaching staff at a recent, invite only, combine it hosted. Birchfield also tore up the Appalachia Prep Combine in Gatlinburg, Tennessee earlier this year.

The 6-0, 175-pounder had himself an all-around, stat-stuffer of a season in ’20. He led the team in rushing with 751-yards on 122-carries with 9-rushing TDs. He also collected 21 McNamee-thrown aerials for 234-yards receiving and with a couple more scores through the air.

He was second on the team in scoring. Zac Lockhart was first.

Birchfield had 37-tackles on defense with 4-TFLs, and a QB-sack. He also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble, taking it 23-yards for a TD for the team’s lone “scoop and score.”

What kind of athlete is he? Well, in baseball, this past spring, he batted .310 with 27 base hits in 87 ABs. He stole 16-bases in 18-attempts. He hit a HR, 2 doubles, and drove in 13 RBIs.

With everything this young athlete has going for him, 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 and 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 Pikeville’s Blake Birchfield.

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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