Hayes Preston (Class of ’25) from @LCAathletics is the @Mingaubeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @1776Bank. @LCAKYEagles

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, OG/DT (2025), Hayes Preston from Lexington, Kentucky’s Lexington Christian Academy, wouldn’t it? 

Hayes Preston is a 6-1, 210-pound guard/tackle combo lineman for Lexington Christian Academy and a member of the Class of ’25. We don’t recognize many middle school players, so his being so recognized should tell the reader something about his ability.

Due to the global health crisis, Preston didn’t get but 4-games of action this past middle school season. Good news, LCA won all four.

Hayes Preston

There is an old saying in acting about there being no small parts, just small actors. Hayes embodied it this past middle school, abbreviated season. He averaged 5-solo tackles a game, 4 of which we are informed were TFL’s (tackles for loss). He rung up a safety.

His performance at right guard was equally impressive. He and his line cohorts didn’t allow a single sack over the four games, which is impressive as LCA tends to throw the football all over the ball-park, if you catch my drift.

Preston has played a ton of all-star football. He was on Kentucky’s Elite team for both 13U and 14U where he was a Defensive Team Captain. He has played in three (3) Battles on Rocky Top, 3-D1 Nation’s Best of the Best, and 3-D-1 National Youth Football Championships, the latter two being played in Atlanta, GA annually.

Preston was selected to play in the 2020 True Talent All-American Bowl which was cancelled for COVID-19, and is already selected to the 2021 version of that same game scheduled for this July in Lafayette, LA.

Hayes is an All-In kind of kid, giving 100% in the classroom and on the field or court as a 3-Sport athlete. In the classroom, Hayes has maintained a 4.0 GPA at LCA in advanced classes.

On the field Hayes shows a high level of physicality, aggression, and quick feet for his build and size. The fact an LCA coach told KPGFootball Hayes is likely to start for them sometime over the course of his freshman season as a 5-technique (DT) is a testament to his speed, bend, and quickness. Don’t know whether the reader is aware, but LCA is not an easy program to crack the starting lineup as a freshman.

“Hayes is an unique young man- excelling as a high achiever on and off the field. I’ve watched him knock opponents down with ferocity and extend a humble/helpful hand after the play. He possesses a unique maturity to compete, dominate, and lead with a smile.” – Buddy Curry, Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Falcons linebacker (80-87).

Congratulations to Hayes Preston, Class of ’25, from LCA on his selection. 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 LCA’s Hayes Preston.

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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