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Pigskin Preview 2017

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. ...

A half century on the gridiron

By BUBBA KAPRAL Executive Sports Editor WOODSFIELD — The year was 1968. LBJ was winding down his time in the White House. Star Trek made its TV debut. And sadly, both Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated. It was also marked the year Jay Circosta launched his ...

Big Ten champ Penn State overshadowed by OSU

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Defending Big Ten champion Penn State returns a Heisman Trophy candidate at running back and a record-setting quarterback, and the Nittany Lions generally are regarded as one of the 10 best teams in the country. They’re not even picked to win ...

Harrison features new field and faces

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor CADIZ — There are certainly a lot of things to be excited about as it pertains to Harrison Central football. But, head coach Justin Kropka, who is entering his 13th season at the helm, prefers to temper the excitement and simply focus on the ...

Martins Ferry boasts quality cast

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor MARTINS FERRY — Dave Bruney has experienced it before. He’s not one to get caught up in the number of players listed on the roster. He prefers the quality of the players listed. As the veteran Martins Ferry head coach prepares for his ...

Monroe Central bids to rebound

By RICK THORP Times Leader Sports Writer WOODSFIELD — The story of the 2016 Monroe Central football team can best be told using one number — 40.7. That’s the average number of points allowed by the Seminoles in each of their nine losses a year ago. When you figure in their one ...