@lemaster_owen from @JCAthletics, @KyHighFootball’s prototype at the OG slot, is the @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @PrepSpin @1776Bank

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, Owen LeMaster (2022) from Paintsville, Kentucky’s Johnson Central High School, wouldn’t it? 

We don’t talk too often about “prototypes.” Prototypes are generally a commercial term and are loosely defined as a first, typical, or preliminary model of something, especially a machine, from which other forms are developed or copied.

Now, Owen LeMaster isn’t the first or even preliminary model of a Kentucky high-school, elite-level, interior offensive lineman. However, he is certainly a model at the position, or other form (if you will indulge us), from which other guards around Kentucky should be developed and/or copied.

Owen made the first-team, AP All-State football team in 2019 along the front. LeMaster came back in the abbreviated 2020-season and demonstrated new facets to his game.

First, if you will watch his highlights we have linked (blue), you will notice he is quick and agile enough to play in space and aid the run-game in the second and even third levels. Also, and this is a question raised about every offensive lineman who plays in a run-scheme like Johnson Central’s, he appears adept at pass protection, playing back over his feet and vertically setting and holding his ground against the bull-rush, with the agility to stay in front of the “swimmers,” “spinners,” “stabbers,”and “rippers.”

This year, the 6-1, 280-pounder, anchored an offensive line which paved the way for 3,884-yards rushing and 56-rushing TDs in 11-games. The Eagles, with everyone in the stadium knowing what was coming, gained 353.1-yards and a smidge over 5-rushing TDs per outing.

The 2019, Class 4A football champions didn’t play a bunch of patsies either. The Eagles played Franklin County (2020, 4A runners-up), Corbin (2020, 4A semi-finalist), Belfry, Letcher County Central, Bell County, and Simon Kenton.

LeMaster has a bench press in the 360-pound range, shuttles in the high 4’s, and runs the 40-yard dash around 5.2-seconds. He’s strong, quick, powerful, and explosive; all attributes in high demand along any interior, offensive front.

LeMaster will be a strong candidate to repeat on the AP’s All-State team, having made the first-string as only a sophomore. He will also be courted heavily at the next level with the grades and academic scores broadening his options at that level.

Look for Owen to get a lot of reps at offensive center during his senior campaign. The move from guard to center isn’t a daunting one, and he has the intelligence and football savvy and IQ to thrive at the position and the frame to play at any college level there.

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 Johnson Central’s Owen LeMaster.

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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