Pike County’s Jayden Justice, Class of ’27, is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Player of the Week! @1776Bank @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @PCHawksHangout

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 ’27, RB/LB, Jayden Justice from Team Kentucky’s 6th-grade Future Stars, wouldn’t it? 

We have a little bit of a confession we need to make here. When Ricco Hughes added a 6th-grade contest to the Future Stars format, we weren’t big fans.

Maybe we are the type of old people who don’t believe you should mess with things already running so smoothly. Regardless, we didn’t think a group of 6th-graders could play up to the Future Stars’ standard.

Jayden Justice

We couldn’t have been more wrong. We had a veteran football coach from both the elementary, middle, and high school ranks sitting next to us in the press box.

None of us could stop gabbing about what a fantastic game the Tennessee/Kentucky 6th-graders played. We were also in agreement about how fast the pace of play was, and how well the two teams executed.

The game literally came down to its very last, remaining play before Kentucky would leave the field with the 12-7 triumph. Perhaps the game’s final play was its most suspenseful.

Let us paint this picture for you. With his team trailing 12-7, QB André Adams, the 5-10, 125-pound QB from Nashville, had driven his team to the Kentucky 7-yard line. Tennessee stopped the clock with 2-seconds left.

Everyone in the stadium figured Tennessee would sprint Adams around one of the ends with a run/pass option. Adams had killed us all game with his arm and feet and on the last drive especially.

On the last play of the game, Adams would sprint out to Kylan Combs’ side (like we thought he might). The two stars would find themselves alone, on an island, one on one in space.

Breathitt’s superstar sixth-grader, Combs, had to slip out of coverage to get to Adams before Tennessee’s QB could reach the pylon and win the game. Combs recognized the sensational QB from Tennessee had committed to running it himself, taking the threat of pass out of the equation.

Somehow, and who knows how, Combs got the kid to the ground on the two-yard line. If Combs had missed that tackle, the game was over with Tennessee celebrating its victory instead of agonizing over a bitter defeat.

Combs made a remarkable play. Kentucky’s victory was preserved as the clock gracefully stood at “zero.” For the Kentucky team, bedlam ensued.

Now, we don’t generally write about kids who haven’t entered middle school yet. However, 6th-grade Future Stars, like their 7th and 8th-grade counterparts, are hardly “middle school” football players. They are freaks, football-wise anyway.

One such football playing “freak” is from Pike County, Kentucky and this week’s jerky award winner. His name is Jayden Justice. His performance this weekend was incredible.

Justice with his “Battle of the Regions” Coach, Kenneth “Shorty” Combs

Should we tell you about the TD run where he just flattened about 3-Tennessee defenders on the way to stretching the ball across the goal line to cap off a 14-yard run for an early 6-0 lead? Should we tell you about his copious number of tackles, many of which were in the backfield, which resulted in his being selected Kentucky’s Defensive MVP for the game?

We don’t know really where to begin with this kid. No one ever plays both ways in Future Stars football, but this kid was called upon and delivered on both sides.

We talked with Kentucky’s Future Stars Director, Ricco Hughes. He told us Justice was close to eclipsing 100-yards rushing in the contest and had 10 or more tackles defensively. We just can’t imagine a bigger performance than that on this level of football playing on middle school’s grandest stage.

We thought, we might work on getting Jayden Justice some ink and get our friends to ship him a fabulous T-shirt and a bolt of protein while we were at it. We have barrels of ink. For the bolt of protein, we decided to ask our friends at Mingua Beef Jerky to send him some.

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 Pike County’s Jayden Justice.

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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