Senior year

November 22, 2021

In the offseason, Rickey and Dallas set goals for his senior season such as creating a spark for the team and setting the tempo. By his fourth game of the season he had 600 yards and was the yards leader in all 6A schools.

In his first game against Jesuit, each of his catches built momentum. By the end of the game, he had recorded 9 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown.

“Once I get my groove going, I think there’s no one that can stop me, Dallas said. “When you keep coming to me I think that’s one of the main things that help out the team.”

Senior teammate Zach Morris grew up with Dallas and says he had high expectations for his performance.

“I expected it because I’ve seen it the past two years,” Morris said. “When he was just the slot receiver but now he’s the main guy, so I expected him to do that.”

Dallas’ 100 yards a game streak continued even through the team’s lowest scoring game of the season in the Mound Showdown. The wide receiver recorded a career high 13 catches for 118 yards.

“It’s always fun playing those guys across the street,” Dallas said. “But it’s a tough loss in your senior year, but I knew that our focus was on winning our next games and then district.”

Dallas continued his senior season racking up yards and after 8 games, he had 55 catches for 938 yards.

Morris says it’s been incredible to watch.

“It’s pretty great, he just makes some unbelievable plays out there,” Morris said. “It’s just fun to watch.”

Rickey knows how hard his son has worked for this and couldn’t be more happy for his success.
“I’m proud, man. Very proud,” Rickey said.

“My biggest motivation has been to continue what he started,” Dallas said. “He’s my biggest inspiration.”

At every game, Dallas’ father has his own pregame routine. He brings his own camera to record so that the two have lots to study later together. Rickey has committed to be here for Dallas through it all. Now at the end, Rickey says it feels great to see where Dallas is now.

“It’s satisfying, gratifying, all the above,” Rickey said. “I don’t think [my sons] will appreciate it until they’re my age and they’ll be able to go back and look back on these tapes.”

This routine has become so normal for Dallas’ father who’s done it for years at this point.

“Now if I don’t have my recorder I don’t feel like I’m game ready,” Rickey said.

Dallas Dudley stands ready to attack during the November 4 Plano West game. (Avery Jerina)

Fans will remember the excitement they felt watching every big play. History will remember Dallas in the record books. But Dallas will remember his family.

“My parents are definitely my ‘why,’” Dallas said. “Every single day I want to make them proud, my family is what inspires me, it’s what makes me want to go out there and do my best so I can one day give everything back to them because of the work they’ve put in for me.”

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