WESTMONT – Keith Doyle has been a part of Westmont's football program for years, but has never been part of a team that made the playoffs. New head coach Otto Zeman has installed a pass-heavy five-wide offense that is a stark change from Westmont's run-first mentality of the last several seasons. With the new offense in place, Doyle feels the Sentinels have a good chance to earn a trip to the postseason in what is his final prep football season.
Rossi: What's it like running this new offense?
Doyle: I love it. It's a lot of work, but it's different. I like it.
Rossi: What was the biggest change the linemen had to make in the new offense?
Doyle: Skill-wise, it was kick-stepping back. That was the big thing. Kick-stepping, protection and settling in. Release and drive.
Rossi: Did it take long to pick up on what you have to do in terms of blocking and all that?
Doyle: It took me a couple weeks to get the timing, but I got the hang of it.
Rossi: The plays are coming in quicker now. How's the fitness for the linemen?
Doyle: They're working us and I like it. We have enough players that we can play one way. We can all get rest and we can all run [and sub in players] and run against other teams.
Rossi: Where has this team improved over last year?
Doyle: A lot of areas. Players and attitude. The attitude has changed. We work harder and we make sure we're all at practice. This is the most people I've ever seen out for Westmont football in my life. There's a lot of players and it's a great mood when you come to practice.
Rossi: As a senior, what do you hope to get out of this season?
Doyle: Of course I want to be all-conference and all-state, but I just want to make it to playoffs and hopefully get down to state.
Rossi: Are you looking to be a leader on this team?
Doyle: Yes sir. I push other players to do their best. Sometimes I might be tired on the field, but I always try to do my best so I don't let anyone else down.
WEEK 1 MATCHUP
Who: Herscher at Westmont
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: 909 Oakwood Drive, Westmont
2012 records: Herscher 4-5; Westmont 2-7
Outlook: The Sentinels open at home as the curtain goes up on the Otto Zeman era at Westmont. Known for being offensive minded, Zeman certainly has the pieces in place for a prolific offense. Quarterback Tim Doll returns, as do receivers Greg Pietrzak, Brett Sible and Dmareyea Smith, and linemen Quinton Brown, Keith Doyle, Brandon Goers, Tre Johnson and Jeshua Torrens.
COACH'S QUOTE "I think we've got a lot of kids that can play, and we're going to be able to play a lot of kids. They've been working really hard. We're really excited for the season. The kids are doing a great job. We're going to go after people." Otto Zeman
BY THE NUMBERS
32: Players on the 2013 roster, nearly double from last season..582: Winning percentage for Otto Zeman during 28 seasons at Riverside Brookfield46.8: Percentage of players on Westmont's roster that are seniors
Aug. 30 Herscher, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 6 at Plano, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13 at Wilmington, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 Seneca, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 at Reed-Custer, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4 Dwight, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 at Lisle, 7:15 p.m.
Oct. 18 Coal City, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25 at Peotone, 7:30 p.m.