Two clutch performers on Royse City’s 11-1 district and bi-district championship football team will be taking their games to the next level after signing letters of intent this past week.

Carlos Gallegos, an all-state wide receiver and an all-district pitcher-outfielder, has signed to play football and baseball at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.

Bert Boudreux, who played quarterback, running back and wide receiver for the Bulldogs’ prolific offense, has signed to play football at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.

“These kinds of moments are the pinnacle of our profession,” said Royse City coach Rodney Webb.

Webb said there’s “nothing” that makes him prouder than to see two deserving student-athletes earn scholarships for their hard work.

“Academically they’re both really, really strong,” he said.

Webb noted that Gallegos fought back from a knee injury suffered during his freshman season to become the Bulldogs’ top receiver in each of the past two seasons. Gallegos caught 60 passes for 1,240 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior and 56 for 1,007 yards and 15 TDs as a senior. He earned all-district and all-state honors.

Gallegos also stood out in tough games for the Bulldogs, catching nine passes for 200 yards in a 27-21 state quarterfinal loss in 2006 to eventual state champion Liberty-Eylau and 12 catches for 170 yards in the Bulldogs’ 21-14 bi-district playoff win over Frisco Wakeland in 2007.

Gallegos learned early in his career how to focus on catching the football.

“I just try to catch the ball and score, not try to get tackled,” he said.

Gallegos also went 7-2 with a 1.51 earned run average as a pitcher last season for the Bulldogs’ playoff team in baseball and batted .335.

Gallegos’ cousin on the Washburn coaching staff, graduate assistant Oscar Rodriguez, helped the Ichabods found out about the Royse City prospect.

Gallegos said he’s being recruited to play wide receiver in football and outfield and pitcher in baseball.

Midwestern’s staff can put Boudreaux in a variety of positions because he was so versatile on offense.

“He passed for over 2,000 yards in his career,” said Webb. “He rushed for over 1,500 yards and caught over 40 passes.”

However, Boudreux said he’s being recruited to play safety on defense for the Mustangs, who are members of the Lone Star Conference.

“I’ve always wanted to play defense so it’ll be fun,” he said. “Playing quarterback and having to play running back, it keeps me in shape. Then play slot receiver. It was fun.”

Webb called Boudreaux a self-made player who worked really hard in the weight room.

“Bert’s the most dedicated athlete in the weight room I’ve ever coached,” he said.

Boudreaux looked at Midwestern as a college possibilty after getting a call from one of the Mustang coaches. He liked the campus in a recent visit.

“It’s a pretty old campus but they’re adding on to it,” he said.

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