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Herrera likes early signs of football progress

By Steve Smith

FORT LUPTON — Things may have started slow for the Fort Lupton football team’s preseason camp. But that was just fine with first-year coach Joseph Herrera.

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The camp lasted two weeks. After taking a week off, formal practice begins Aug. 11.

“The first couple of days, we slowed things down to give them an opportunity to learn what we mean and how we’re going to describe things,” Herrera said. “The last week, we went full-scale. They appreciated the opportunity to learn and to push harder than they were before.”

The two-week camp allowed players to receive more one-on-one attention from coaches than will be the case during the regular season. That worked well for Herrera, too. 

“We’re going to try to fit the players’ abilities best with some things I plan to do,” he said. “I may be asking kids to do something that may not fit their skill level. So we’re going to work on the best fit for the kids.”

The early roster includes 13 seniors. Herrera thinks the roster will be around 50 players by the time of the first game at Centaurus Aug. 22. Isaiah Padilla (200 yards) is the top returning rusher. Owen Mellen (44 yards) is the top returning receiver. Jacob Ornelas (63 tackles) and Jacob Browne (54 tackles) figure to anchor the defense.

“The kids worked hard, and they had opportunities to familiarize themselves with the new coaches and the way we do things,” Herrera said. “The kids are willing to put in a lot of the effort they need to be successful.

“It wouldn’t surprise me to see a couple of freshmen play at Centaurus,” Herrera continued. “It’s not because we’d be desperate. It’s because they earned it through their work at camps this summer.”

 

Contact Sports Editor Steve Smith at ssmith@metrowestnewspapers.com.