When the Potomac football players lined up to shake hands with their South Lakes counterparts after a scrimmage in Dumfries on Thursday, Panthers senior Eric Dominguez first headed in the opposite direction, toward the bleachers.
There, he gladly accepted the usual from his father, Jose -- a cold sports drink and a brief summary of his performance. It has been a Dominguez ritual for years.
"Probably ever since I played league [ball], since I was 6," said the younger Dominguez, a first-team all-Cedar Run District offensive guard, who also plays nose guard, linebacker and long snapper. "He tells me what I did wrong, and what I did good, and then we talk when we get home."
There has been a lot of Potomac football talk in the Dominguez home the past several years. As a senior, John Dominguez was an all-Cardinal District honorable mention free safety on the 2000 team that outscored its regular season opponents, 351-26, and notched eight shutouts. Potomac knocked off Hylton in Week 10 that year to end the Bulldogs' 39-game winning streak but lost to Hylton two weeks later in the Northwestern Region Division 6 championship.
An eighth-grader at the time, Eric Dominguez and his Rippon Middle School pals tried to emulate the mighty Panthers. In some ways, they're still trying. Potomac has gone 5-5 the past two seasons but is considered a Cedar Run contender this fall.
John "has the old [game] films and we watch it and then watch the films of my years and he just points out a few things," said Eric, whose brother last year was the second-leading receiver at Shepherd (W.Va.) University.
"We sort of try to model them. We have sort of what they have a little bit, just a different version."