@sawyerdrake56 from @GCHSCougarFB is the @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @1776Bank @PrepSpin @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, 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 ’23 OL, Sawyer Drake, for Grayson County in Leitchfield, Kentucky, wouldn’t it? 

Sawyer Drake will be entering his junior year playing Class 5A football. Of course, we don’t know whether he will be Re-doing or not, or whether the school district in Grayson County will permit relief under Senator Max Wise’s bill which has now been signed into law. For now, let’s just call him a “rising junior.”

There is nothing diminutive about either his stature or his play along the Cougars’ front. Sawyer was a mainstay along the trenches in ’20 and not a ton of sophomores can make a similar boast in Kentucky’s 5A-classification.

Sawyer is 6-2, and weights a well-put-together 270-pounds. He has length in his extremities so there is no reason he can’t coax another couple inches of height before he is done growing.

He is an athletic big-guy who fires his guns and moves his feet very well. He clamps onto defenders and uses his vice-like grip to maintain control over the defensive lineman and take him for quite a ride.

He sits into his backside well. He plays at the pad-level coaches want to see out of the upfront guys on offense.

We believe his future is along the interior at OL when he reaches the collegiate level. We could see him growing into an edge-guy too, if we are being totally forthright.

The run-game for the Cougars performed well with Drake and his cohorts leading the way last season. They want to do the same, or better, in ’21.

Last season, in a COVID-19 shortened year (8-games), the Cougars ran for 1,543-yards in 332-carries and 192.9-yards rushing per night. The team scored just under three rushing touchdowns a game, averaged nearly 5-yards per carry, and did all of this while playing in the same district as 5A-finalist, Owensboro Senior High, and perennially tough Graves County.

Grayson County was able to finish ’20 with a mark of 5-3. With players upfront like Drake, they are looking for bigger and better things in the immediate future. They want to compete for championships. They are on the right track.

We thought a Hoss like Sawyer Drake could use a bolt of protein. Mingua Beef Jerky has elected to send him some via the prize package of product which comes with this award.

Congratulations to Sawyer Drake, Class of ’23, from Grayson County High School 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 Grayson County’s, Sawyer Drake.

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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