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Gardner, ’24, always seems to find the end zone

Mason Gardner is a multi-talented individual. The 6,’ 175-pound RB doubles as an OLB, can fish the heck out of your favorite spot, and is a baseball star in addition to what he brings to the gridiron. He helped lead his team to the Regional Championship game and showed, against the classification’s champion (Buillitt East), that the Bruins were as good as any team in 6A a year ago. How good will they be in ’23? Gardner will have quite a lot to say in answering that question.

HB Lyon, Scouting Division, KPGFootball

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

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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 PerformerMason Gardner (RB/OLB) from Cecelia, Kentucky’s Central Hardin High School, wouldn’t it? 

Mason Gardner and his cohorts have turned around the entire Bruin program. Last season, Coach Mattingly’s Bruins were 11-2 and just a couple scores from (perhaps) winning or playing for a 6A Title.

While the Bruins lost the Regional Championship to Buillitt East 28-15; had a few breaks broken differently, who know how that game ends? Who knows how that season ends?

Central Hardin’s only other loss was to a tough Henderson County team (6A, District 1). The Bruins had plenty of bite as its season results support rather forcefully.

Mason Gardner averaged scoring 14.3 points a game a year ago

KHSAA statistical website

Gardner had quite a year for his club. He gained close to 1,200-yards rushing (1,171) and scored 26-rushing TD’s. Gardner caught 6-balls for 135-yards, with a full one-third of his receptions also scoring (2).

Overall, Gardner scored 172-points a year ago in 12-games. This equals 172-points on the year, or 14.3 points per outing.

You may ask, how monumental was scoring 172-points over 12 games? We’re glad you asked.

The runner-up in “scoring” in the 6A classification, throughout Kentucky last year, was Madison Central’s All-State caliber RB, Brady Hensley. Hensley put 110-points up on the scoreboard for his team in ’22. Hensley’s total was a full 62-points shy of Gardner’s.

On the year, Gardner, out of the backfield, was both reliable and steady, if not spectacular. The 6-foot, 175-pounder, rushed the ball from scrimmage 200-times, gaining 1,171-yards. He gained, on average, 5.86-yards a carry and carried every 7.7th-carry over the goal line for six-points.

We have awarded this to Gardner as we can’t fathom how any one student athlete could have possibly put more points up on the scoreboard in ’22 than Gardner did for Central Hardin. On this basis, Mingua Beef Jerky and we decided this talented and accomplished ’24 RB/OLB could use a bolt of protein and a sweet T-shirt. The company volunteered to send that to him, straight away.  

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 all the competition. Remember, our product is superior and one of a kind; just like Central Hardin’s, Mason Gardner.

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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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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