@XsavierCleary from @pths_football is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-Pack Performer of the Week. @1776Bank @KyHighFootball @PrepSpin @MaxPreps

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, 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 ’25, DT/G, Xsavier Cleary from Paducah’s Tilghman High School, wouldn’t it?

Football coaches around Kentucky used to say each freshman a team was “forced” to start in the lineup on Friday night translated to a loss. If your team started four (4) freshmen, the thinking went, you would finish the regular season 6-4.

Imagine the surprise when The Blue Tornado went to the wire in the Class 3A title game in ’21 with a freshman right, smack-dab in the middle of its defensive front. Of course, Xsavier Cleary was hardly a standard freshman.

Cleary is 6-1 and weighs 290-pounds. He is a good enough athlete to double on the Track & Field team. He played in all 14 of Paducah Tilghman’s varsity games in ’21.

Cleary doubles at DT & G. We believe his primary deployment, particularly at the college level, will be on defense.

Cleary performed admirably. He registered 52-tackles, not easy for any interior, down-lineman. His 8.5 TFLs and 2-QB sacks indicated he got down hill and penetrated often. His FF shows he packed a wallop and arrived in an ill-mood.

For his efforts, Cleary was named to the Class 3A, All-Western Kentucky Conference (WKC) team. He also won himself the nation’s very finest in beef jerky product and a fantastic T-shirt.

We had the opportunity to watch this young man play in the Championship game against Belfry. This is a player that, once his strength levels (particularly around his core) are where they will undoubtedly get with maturity and continued strength and conditioning work, he will play with the pad level, explosion, and power sufficient to propel him toward the top of his graduating class as an interior defensive lineman.     

We believe it entirely appropriate to feature Cleary this week in this article. We also found his efforts deserving of nourishment. 

Mingua Beef Jerky agreed this young man could use a bolt of protein. They 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 Paducah Tilghman High School’s Xsavier Cleary. 

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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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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