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…You have to depend on something other than a ball. There is going to come a point in time where the sport is only going to be able to take you so far. Education is so extremely important.

Cole Hodge, in an interview published on April 5 with Football of Kentucky DBA.

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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 ’24, QB, Cole Hodge from Louisville, Kentucky’s Christian Academy-Louisville (CAL), wouldn’t it? 

Hodge plays point guard (PG) on his high school’s varsity basketball team. There are those around Kentucky who believe he may be as adept a prospect on the hardwood than he is on the gridiron.

We are not among those however. We believe his future is in football. Both Eastern Michigan and Eastern Kentucky would agree with us as both have already offered the football star who has yet to begin his junior season.

Looking at Hodge, what’s not to like? He has good frame (6’2,” 180-pounds) and the intelligence a program would love to see from its QB (3.9 GPA). He has been very good under the lights and on the field too.

Playing for one of 3A’s best and most talented programs, Hodge, as only a sophomore, completed 139 of his 217-passing attempts a year ago. That is a completion percentage over 64%.

Hodge threw for 2,101-passing yards in ’21 with 28-TDs passing against only 4-thrown INTs. Hodge also rushed the football from scrimmage 78-times, gaining 572-yards with 8-rushing TDs to rank as the squad 2nd leading ground gainer.

Hodge was 4th on the team in offensive scoring a season ago. That is remarkable in light of the fact QBs don’t get credited with points for TD-passes thrown as those TDs are credited to the receiver.

Hodge led his Centurions a season ago to an 11-2 finish. No one will be satisfied with that result around the CAL program. The Centurions lost the Regional Final at home to a Paducah Tilghman team which may have been a fumbled kick return away from the title in ’21.

Just an athlete? Hardly!

Hodge and his teammates will be itching to hit the field this coming season. We have heard many around the program express sentiments along the “unfinished business” line of reasoning.

When a program gets ready to push for a title, who’s under center is one of the more important lineup decisions. CAL’s choice seems equally clear and appropriate.

Now many of you may wonder why we included the Hodge quote above featured. The reason is simple. Here we have a football prospect among the most coveted and recruited from across the Bluegrass, a former Kentucky Future Star and former game MVP, and we are memorializing his thoughts on the importance of being a good student. Why?

Well, the “Why” is the fact we were impressed with his sentiment and the maturity it reflected. Just wanted to demonstrate just how straight this young man’s priorities are.

Mingua Beef Jerky and we decided this talented and exceptionally versatile ’24 QB, and rising Junior, 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 CAL’s Cole Hodge. 

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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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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