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Like so many high school centers, this kid is undersized for the college game along an offensive front but has the heart of a lion. This is the kind of kid for whom the high school game was created and on whose back it has been built.

Fletcher W. Long, Senior Analyst and Editorial Board Member, KPGFootball

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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 Performer, Class of ’24, Offensive Center, Mason Kirkland from Harrodsburg, Kentucky’s Mercer County High School, wouldn’t it? 

Offensive linemen almost never get the attention these guys deserve. The truth is…you can’t have a successful program without winning at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football.

No one is more aware of this than Craig Yeast, the new head man in the Titan program. Yeast, a former UK star, has been around the game a long time and has seen it played at a very high level.

If there is a lineman who gets overlooked on a unit of the overlooked, that position is the offensive center. Centers can make or break the entire front five.

You have heard us say that future college players find the field sometime during the sophomore season. A guy who found the field for half of the year as a sophomore, on a very good 3A program, was Mason Kirkland.

Kirkland is built perfectly for a high school center. He is 6’0″ tall and weighs a well-put-together 245-pounds. He moves well, snaps well, looks to make appropriate reads and calls based on the fronts thrown at him, and gets out and into engagement with both first and second level defenders quickly.

We found his “get off” to be sufficiently explosive from the film we saw. We were impressed with his ability to “lock on” and stay connected through the whistle. We thought he “finished” his blocks well.

The offense, in Coach Buchanan’s final stanza, moved the ball efficiently. The unit gained nearly 2,000 yards on the ground with 27-rushing TDs and threw for just over 1,600 yards with another 18-TDs passing.

The Titans in ’22 will really need Kirkland to continue to progress along his present arch for the offense to continue to yield championship level production. Mingua Beef Jerky is expecting both Kirkland and his line-mates to lead deep runs into the playoffs going forward. Mingua Beef Jerky hopes the Titans will look to the Mingua family to provide the nourishment and fuel needed for this journey.   

Mingua Beef Jerky decided this talented rushing junior offensive center could use a bolt of protein. The company volunteered to send him some straight away.

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 Mercer County High School’s Mason Kirkland. 

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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About Henry Lyon 1097 Articles
Have coached at the high school and middle school level. Have worked in athletic administration. Conceal my identity to enable my candor on articles published by this magazine. Only members of the editorial board are aware of my true identity.

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