King football is back

PICTURED ARE two of the area’s top senior football players, who will serve as the leaders for their respective teams this season, which begins officially on Thursday.

Standing is River’s Lukas Isaly, while Martins Ferry’s Dalton Hoover is sitting. Both had all-Ohio seasons in 2016. Isaly will serve as his team’s quarterback, while Hoover is one of the Purple Riders’ featured running backs. Both are also outstanding defensive players. Isaly shines in the secondary and Hoover at linebacker. Inset is Monroe Central head coach Jay Circosta who is embarking on his 50th season in coaching.