Lucas Hughes from @HoptownFootball is the @minguabeefjerky ‘Protein-packed Player of the Week.’ @PrepSpin @1776Bank @MaxPreps @KyHighFootball

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 ’22 RT, Lucas Hughes from Hopkinsville, Kentucky’s Hoptown High School, wouldn’t it? 

First of all, one of the players featured in our weekly series, “In the Running” almost always ends up winning the Mingua Jerky Company’s Protein-packed Performer of the Week. However, there is no guarantee the winner will be featured in the weekly series.

Sometimes we go off-script. This is one of those times.

We enjoy recognizing the guys who all-too-often have their considerable efforts overlooked. This week, we decided to throw some meat-product to a “meat-mover;” or a guy deployed along the Tiger offense’s front. This week, we recognize (and feed) Lucas Hughes, a 6-4, 270-pound RT along the Tiger-Five.

Hughes

Hughes’ performance stood out to us. There were others, even on his team, who could also have won this week. That is what happens when you trounce your cross-town rival 38-0 to take home the “Bragging-Rights” trophy.

Now Lucas Hughes is a late bloomer and only 17-years old, though a senior. KPGFootball and Mingua Beef Jerky both believe Lucas’s best football is still ahead of him.

Lucas broke into the starting lineup at Hopkinsville over the course of his junior season. At his age, it would have been the sophomore year for most players. 

He has been a fixture across the front for the Tiger-Five this Fall. We have seen some clips of his play against heated and hated, cross-town rival, Christian County. What is the biggest game of the year for any Hoptown Tiger, Hughes showed up…boy, did he ever show up!

The Tiger-Five paved the way for 227-rushing yards over 30-carries. That is averaging close to eight-yards per rush from scrimmage on the night (7.57).

The Tigers also threw the football for 216-yards on only 6-completions. Yep, no need to grab the calculator, that figures to 36-yards per completion. The offense tallied 4TDs on the evening, two by air and two by land.

What shouldn’t be lost among the staggering statistics posted by the many skill position players from this past Friday night are all the right tackles who cleared the path for all of these “skills” to shine. Today, we honor all of them in honoring Lucas Hughes.

Mingua Beef Jerky enjoys distinguishing and then rewarding, publicizing, and feeding young men who lend considerable value to the team. With the play witnessed by one of “our guys” this past Friday night, we thought Lucas Hughes could use some nourishment and maybe a sweet T-shirt!

For the T-shirt and the bolt of protein, we asked our friends at Mingua Beef Jerky to send him some. Like always, they were thrilled to oblige.

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 Hoptown High School’s Lucas Hughes.

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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