Football: Dominguez looks to rebound

Dominguez will need to regroup fast after suffering a humiliating loss to Crespi in its opener. Blair Angulo for ESPN.com

As Dominguez players walked off the field Friday night following their embarrassing 48-6 loss to visiting Crespi -- heads down, shoulders hanging -- you got the sense they weren't distraught about losing but, rather, how they lost. It was complete and utter domination by the boys in brown. Even a couple of surprised Crespi players admitted they expected more from a team with so many collegiate prospects.

A Dominguez starter I spoke to felt the same way. He was dumbfounded, unable to explain how Crespi dominated the way it did. In a postgame interview with the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Dons assistant coach Willie Donerson described the game as "an atrocity."

So where does Dominguez, the No. 19 team in ESPNLA.com's prep football preseason rankings, go from here? And, better yet, how will the team respond after a 42-point rout? The Dons were ranked third in the CIF-Southern Section Western Division preseason poll for a reason -- there's talent and plenty of it.

Dominguez travels to the Inland Empire on Friday to play Redlands East Valley and still has nonleague games against Compton, Long Beach Jordan and San Diego Lincoln looming. They will have to get more out of their Wing-T offense and be more energetic on defense. Expectations at Dominguez remain sky high but the Dons have to put "The Ambush at Alondra" behind them.