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’24 WR/DB contributed in all three phases…

Dalton Gambrel is a guy who embodies that which we have been featuring this offseason. We are highlighting players who have the skill, athleticism, and utility to contribute to the team in a variety of ways and in multiple phases. Gambrel is one of those guys. The 6,’ 160-pounder led the team in receptions, receiving yards, was toward the top in INTs, and scored on special teams via the two-pointer. Hard to imagine the Warriors won’t miss this guy.

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball

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Eminence, KY: 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.     

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.     

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 PerformerDalton Gambrel, ’24 WR/DB/Ath from Eminence High School in Eminence, Kentucky. 

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

KPGFootball on the quality of Mingua’s product

Dalton Gambrel will be hard to replace in the Eminence lineup. Eminence finished 6-5 in ’23, lost to Parish High in the playoffs, and boasted one of the better QBs in the KHSAA in Blaze Berry.

We have before written about Berry. Matter of fact, Berry was nearly selected to our Small School All-State Football team on which we collaborated with the commonwealth’s largest, oldest, and most prestigious radio station, News Radio 840WHAS, out of Louisville. Berry did garner a feature article written about him.

Gambrel had quite a year and on multiple sides of the scrimmage line. Offensively, Gambrel caught 56-passes in only 10-games, for 1,099-yards and 10-TDs. He averaged 19.6-yards per reception.

On defense, Gambrel registered 15-tackles, was a leader on the team in passes broken up, and picked off a pair of passes. On special teams, Gambrel scored on three (3), two-point attempts.

For those of you counting, that is significant contribution in all three (3) phases of football. We have been focusing on versatility this offseason, highlighting players who demonstrated the utility to contribute in multiple phases and the athleticism to play multiple, varsity sports.

Now Eminence is a 1A, fifth (5th)-district team. The Warriors got off to a quick start, winning four of its first five, before limping in to finish 6-5. The very last game, a 55-12 thumping at the hands of Paris High, was particularly forgettable.

The very last game, a 55-12 thumping at the hands of Paris High, was particularly forgettable.

Friday Night Fletch

That shouldn’t cast aside a season where the Warriors were a good team most all of the year. Matter of fact, the Warriors finished 15th, Kentucky-wide, in the 1A classification in spite of losing five (5) ball games.

Now, Eminence had to forfeit its first game to Bellvue for a self-reported use of an ineligible player. The Warriors had won that game, on the field, 52-18.

When discussing Coach Ryan Jones’s charges, keep in mind it was actually a seven-win, and not a six-win, outfit. That slaps a little lip-stick on that hog, doesn’t it?

Join us next week as we return to honor another weekly prize winner. Until then, pop some Mingua Beef Jerky in your mouth and savor the quality and flavor which sets it apart from the competition. Remember, our product is superior and one of a kind; just like Eminence’s, Dalton Gambrel. 

This is Friday Night Fletch reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron and reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE. Don’t forget to SAVOR THE FLAVOR! 

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