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Coach: ‘We still believe in ourselves’

Zeman says team morale still is strong despite 0-3 start to season

WILMINGTON – Westmont’s football team has yet to crack the win column under first-year head coach Otto Zeman.

But the coach still has been able to find the silver lining, even after a 42-12 road defeat at Wilmington on Friday night.

“I saw a lot of positives Friday night,” Zeman said. “We were in the game at the beginning and we fought the whole game. We definitely played a lot better. It was our first really big game and we fought the whole way through.”

Seth Torrens lined up at wide receiver in addition to playing on defense. He hit the century mark as a receiver and scored on a Tim Doll pass late in the first quarter. Danny LoGiurato also hit pay dirt for the Sentinels (0-3 overall, 0-1 Interstate Eight Small) while Zeman said two-way lineman Marcus Mott-Larson played his best game of the season.

While Zeman liked his team’s effort against Wilmington, he also found areas where the Sentinels need to improve.

“We still had turnovers and sacks,” the coach said. “It’s hard to be effective with those things happening.”

Westmont turned the ball over five times in the game on two fumbles and three interceptions. Wilmington didn’t have any turnovers.

Even though Westmont still is searching for its first win, Zeman said the morale around his team is as strong as it was before the season.

“I think we had a good practice Saturday and a good film session [Monday] morning,” Zeman said. “We still believe in ourselves.”

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