Former Bluedevil changes gears

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By Steve Smith

FORT LUPTON — There will be a lot of new faces on the sidelines when Fort Lupton’s football team starts the 2014 season Friday night at Centaurus.

The main reason is a new coaching staff for the Bluedevils, headed by Joseph Herrera.

It won’t be a completely new set of coordinators, line coaches and the like. Tommy Galicia returns to the sidelines for the Bluedevils. And so does former player Timmy Ornelas.

Ornelas, who played collegiately at Chadron (Neb.) State, can’t play any more. So he joined the coaching staff for the Bluedevils.

“I can’t play college football any more because I got injured last year during the season,” Ornelas said. “It was towards the end of the football season, and I found out it was spinal stenosis.”

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal that can cause numbness, pain and loss of motor control.

It wasn’t an easy transition from player to coach.

“It’s is harder than I thought because I want to be playing,” Ornelas said. 

“I am not used to it at all,” he joked. “I am used to being coached.”

Ornelas is working with the offensive and defensive lines.

“I feel like I can relate to the kids better,” he said. “I think it is something I would like to do in the future.

“It’s a blast.”