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Probably didn’t play more than 50 defensive snaps in ’21 but was disruptive, used his length well to knock down or alter passes, and closed on QBs and RBs as well or better than any other player on Hoptown’s roster during the ’21 campaign.

Fletcher Long, KPGFootball Senior Scout and Editorial Board Member

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, 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, DE/OT, CJ Stallworth from Hopkinsville’s Hoptown High School, wouldn’t it?

CJ Stallworth certainly looks the part. He is 6’4″ tall, has a wingspan which has to significantly dwarf his standing height (though we haven’t measured it), and is putting in the work this offseason on his strength, explosion, power and “twitch” to impress any scouts who are inclined to visit one of Kentucky’s western most areas.

This kid is incredibly raw. He is also thin at his present 225-pounds with plenty of frame to add additional “good weight.”

Now the kid played on offense at offensive guard a year ago. The team plans to move him outside to tackle, where his length, strength, and athleticism will make him a difficult matchup for all but the very best rosters on Hoptown’s ’22 schedule.

We believe his next-level future may be on defense at End where he got some run but not as much as the Tigers probably would have preferred. Stallworth’s numbers a year ago support his getting more reps this coming season on that side of the football on into the future.

In a limited number of defensive snaps a year ago for Class 4A Hopkinsville (50 or so by our calculation), Stallworth registered 19-tackles. However, there is more to the tale than his making 19-stops.

Stallworth was among the team leaders in TFLs (7). Stallworth was third on the team in QB-sacks (7).

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of the time Stallworth was on the field playing defense in ’21, the kid was making a tackle. Stallworth was making a tackle in the backfield and/or sacking a QB 28% of the time he was even in the game on that side of the football.


That would mean about every fourth or so play, Stallworth’s putting the opposing offense in a hole via either a tackle in the backfield or a QB-sack. How many players can say that?

We believe it entirely appropriate to feature Stallworth this week in this article. After all, though not called upon defensively a year ago every snap, when he was called into duty he delivered big-time.

You are familiar with the saying “…there are no small parts, just small actors?” Stallworth refused in ’21 to be anything on defense apart from a leading man. We salute such valiance.

Mingua Beef Jerky agreed this young man could use a bolt of protein and the T-shirt. They volunteered to send him a package 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 Hopkinsville High School’s CJ Stallworth. 

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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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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