This week, our Protein-packed Performer is a head football coach, Middlesboro High’s Larry French! @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @kyhighs @HLpreps @MBORO_FOOTBALL @barstoolmboro

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French wins 350th game at the helm of a Kentucky high school football team

Larry French is a character. He’s also Kentucky 3rd All-time winningest football coach behind Phillip Haywood and Dudley Hilton. We don’t give the jerky prize package to coaches generally; but hey, it isn’t every day a high school coach celebrates a 350th win.

Fletcher W. Long, Senior Scout, 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, Middlesboro’s Head Football Coach, Larry French, wouldn’t it? 

Friday night, Middlesboro beat Garrard County, 49-26. The 2A, 7th-district powerhouse program, coming off a 13-1 mark and trip to the semi-finals, should beat Garrard County, particularly at home.

Larry French, Middlesboro

That aside, there was something awfully noteworthy which happened along the sideline of the stadium named for an actor you might know as “Lee Majors’ but whom was known as “Harvey Lee Yeary” around Bell County, particularly around Middlesboro High. Yeary was a huge football star during his prep campaign playing for a high school among the winningest in KHSAA history.

French won his 350th game Friday night. He ran his career mark to 350-170 with a 2-1 mark in championship games.

French has won a smidgen over 67% of the games in which he has coached over 520-games worth of action. French’s career has made stops at Mercer County, Meade County, Lincoln County, Boyle County (where he won his two titles), Southwestern High, and Middlesboro.

I have learned enough from Coach French to fill a book, much less a column.

Coach David Buchanan the “Harrodsburg Herald,” 1982

French has also greatly influenced a legion of coaches around Kentucky who draw on his words of wisdom and sound advice about coaching and many other things. We have chosen a quote from Coach David Buchanan, who played for French at Mercer County, but could have literally picked other such sentiments from any number of icons in the coaching industry.

Mingua Beef Jerky and we decided this coach who has been this big of a “winner” through out his career could stomach winning a bolt of protein from us which he can share with the team. The company volunteered to send Coach French some Jerky products and a “snazzy T” straight away. 

Join us next week as we honor another worthy recipient. 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 Middlesboro’s head football coach, Larry French.

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 1086 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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