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Dee-Mack Grad Energizing Rival Tremont

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TREMONT, Ill. - Perhaps it's only fitting Zach Zehr's first game as Tremont head coach comes against the Turks biggest rival, Deer Creek-Mackinaw.

It also comes against his alma mater.

Zehr, who won a state championship coaching Arcola in 2015, is one week away from coaching his first game in Tremont. He played at Dee-Mack.

"I think there's this feeling that we can get out there and get things done," said senior Andy Sommer. "And we can have a decent team this year under Coach Zehr."

The Turks, who've missed the playoffs in seven of the past ten seasons, are coming off a three-win campaign. Dee-Mack won the Class 2A state title last fall.

"I can't tell you what it is but people are getting more excited about it," said senior Caleb Schwenk. "We got a few more kids that weren't coming out for football. I guess we just needed a new, fresh start to roll over."

Kickoff for Friday night's season opener is slated for 7 p.m.

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