@NateCaldwell03 from @KCDFootball1 is the @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @1776Bank @KCDadmissions @kcdathletics @KCDSchool

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, Class of ’22 RB/OLB, Nathan “Nate” Caldwell, for Kentucky Country Day in Louisville, Kentucky, wouldn’t it? 

Nathan “Nate” Caldwell is a 6-0, 160-pound RB/OLB and member of the ’22 prospect class in the commonwealth of Kentucky. Nothing extraordinary there, at least according to the “eye-test,” right? Not so fast.


Good ole Nate, as we call him, is quite an extraordinary performer after all. His measurements are no measure of the quality of his performance.

To the outside world he may appear to be a “mild mannered reporter.” Underneath it all, he plays the game of football like a “Superman.”

Last year, as only a sophomore, Nate led his team in rushing (1,029-yards), led his team in scoring (22-rushing TDs, a pick-six he returned 51-yards to pay-dirt, and a two-point conversion equaling 142 points), was among the leaders in TFLs (6), and helped lead his team to the Class A, Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Championship Game.

Matter of fact, the slightly built, slender, sophomore scored his team’s only TD in the championship game it dropped to Paintsville 38-7. While the year didn’t end as the team wanted, there is plenty of talent returning. The Bearcats look poised to make another run to Kroger Field, a conversation in which the Bearcats perennially find themselves involved.

Nate Caldwell, and all 6-0, 160-pounds of him, as only a sophomore, averaged nearly 100-yards a game and around 7.7-yards per carry. He didn’t accumulate these statistics playing against stiffs.

KCD regularly plays a tough schedule. That is the “secret” to its top-notch RPI, year after year.

In ’20 the Bearcats played traditional 1A powers Crittenden County, Williamsburg, and Paintsville. The team stepped way out of Classification to beat Iroquois (5A) and Southern (6A) while narrowly losing at Buillet East (6A) by a single score.

What is the secret to KCD’s on-field success? Well, Mingua Beef Jerky and KPGFootball would claim it is regularly finding players like Nate Caldwell, regardless of their measurements. After all, it isn’t a beauty-pageant; it’s a tackle football game.

Congratulations to Nate Caldwell, Class of ’22, from Kentucky Country Day 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 Kentucky Country Day’s, Nate Caldwell.

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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