Senior team up for prep football swan song

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Yards and points aplenty for Castillo and Torrez

By Steve Smith

BRUSH – The final football game for Fort Lupton seniors Yadir Castillo and Jaylen Torrez was worth remembering and worth forgetting at the same time.

The memorable stuff was in the stats. Castillo threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns against Brush Oct. 27. 

Torrez caught one of those scoring passes, caught a total of six balls for 125 yards and scored a touchdown on the ground.

“I knew that when they gave me the ball, I was going to get in that end zone, no matter what it took,” Torrez said. “I told him (Castillo), ‘Throw it up to me, and I’ll score for you.’ He knew exactly what to do. He threw it up to me, and I was like, ‘I’m going to the house on this one.’”

The pair played on the varsity team for two years and part of a third when they were freshmen.

“He was wavering between varsity and JV, but he was still a heck of an athlete when I played with him that year,” Torrez said.

“Jaylen is a hell of an athlete. I hope he plays college ball,” Castillo said. “The timing piece happens in the summer, in the offseason.” 

There also was a part worth forgetting. That was the 55-26 final score. 

Fort Lupton played a much better second half than was the case in the opening half.

“In the second half, we had to stop all the silly play, feeding into the trash talking both ways. It was really hurting us,” Torrez said. “Coach (Tom Galicia) told us to come out here and play with some class. I had to go out and show them, even if it hurt. The score wasn’t where I wanted it to be. If I have to stop the trash talking, I’ll drop it so I can finish off the right way.”

“We came out slow. We weren’t firing on ally cylinders like we should have, Castillo said. “In the second half, we found their weak spots.”

“We asked them to play hard, respectful football. And they did that. I was proud of that,” Galicia said. “With our coaching staff talking to them and the kids listening to them, it was easy.”

FLHS finished with a record of 1-8.

“It was tough to finish out the season. But in the end, it comes down to how much you love the sport,” Castillo said. “You just want to keep going and finish the season. I love it. I really do.”

FLHS loses 10 seniors to graduation.

“The freshmen and sophomore classes are pretty good,” Galicia said. “We’ll replace them with 10 juniors.”



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