Natick’s Joe Kreinsen embraces leading role with Westfield State football team

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The Westfield State University football team had just suffered a one-point defeat in its season opener at Nichols, 28-27, in overtime. As senior captain, Joe Kreinsen immediately walked to the opposing sideline to shake hands.

“How you represent your team and your school — win or lose — is all about respect and love for the game,’’ said Kreinsen, who was a Bay State Conference all-star in football and wrestling at Natick High.

Westfield (4-3 overall) has lost all three games by a total of nine points, including a 26-20 defeat at Bridgewater State last weekend and a two-point loss to Framingham State.

But Kreinsen, whose dream is to become a college football coach, said that it is his nature to remain positive and help lead the Owls to their first winning season since 2009.

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