Athlete of the Week: Coach praises Javier Dominguez as a ‘complete football player’
By Bill Tamburrino
In an age of specialization in sports, Javier Dominguez is old school. He is the captain of Ramona’s varsity football team and the 5-foot-11-inch, 180-pound senior leads by example.
“He is a complete football player. He does everything on a football field. He works hard in practice. His attitude is contagious. He is a pleasure to coach,” said Coach Damon Baldwin.
Dominguez didn’t start playing football until his freshman year at Ramona High School. He was a starter on the varsity team as a sophomore.
In football there is no statistic for what coaches call hidden yardage. Dominguez epitomizes that stat. He plays cornerback and safety on defense, and running back and wide receiver on offense. He returns kickoffs and punts and has played on most of the special teams. Dominguez’s primary position is cornerback and that is his favorite.
“I love the one on one aspect of that position, the match-up and challenge of competing against the other team’s best receiver,” said Dominguez, who is always matched against the opponent’s best receiver.
Dominguez has good things to say about his coaches. “Coach Matty (Jason Matthews) is my position coach and he has been there for me all four years. He helps me break down the opponents and gives me reads and information that helps in games.
“Coach Baldwin is always there at practice, at games, at tutoring sessions in the football office. He and Coach Matty are so much more than football coaches. They care about much more than football.”
Dominguez’s father is deceased and he gives his mother, Sunni, credit for being a single parent mom for the past five years.
“She is the greatest,” he said. He has two sisters, Julia, 18, and Tonimarie, 11, and two brothers, Christian, a sophomore teammate, and Mentaay, 7. He also has three uncles who played football at Ramona High School.
Dominguez plans on attending college and majoring in business. He has a 3.75 grade point average.
Last Friday was a typical game for Dominguez. He led the team with nine tackles and had one tackle for a loss. He excited the crowd with three long punt returns but two were nullified by penalties. He returned kickoffs. He covered the Wolverines’ No. 1 receiver and broke up several passes. He made tackles on defense and on special teams, and he played wide receiver. Even when the play goes the other way on offense or defense or special teams, the opponent has to account for Dominguez. Nathan Cherek has been a benefactor of Dominguez’s presence on special teams. Several teams have kicked away from Javier and Cherek has made them pay with long runs of his own.
“Javier will be the first Ramona High football player to be first team All Palomar League twice. He has earned the respect of all of our opponents and especially in the Palomar League,” said Baldwin.
For his efforts against Westview High School and his leadership, Dominguez is the Ramona Sentinel Athlete of the Week.
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