this Sept. 13, 2013 photo, Xavier High School's Matt
Ferris tries to evade a tackle by Fox Valley
Lutheran High School's Ryan Melso during the annual
Apple Bowl football in Appleton, Wis. Ferris was
named Wisconsin Associated Press High School
Football Player of the Year, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
— Matt Ferris' record-breaking season helped lift
Appleton Xavier team to within a game of competing for the
WIAA Division 3 state championship.
outstanding play re-wrote the record books and led to his
being named the Wisconsin Associated Press High School
Football Player of the Year.
6-foot-5, 175-pound senior, threw for 3,949 yards and 50
touchdowns, both state records.
head coach Dave Hinkens said Ferris' attention to detail
and outstanding work ethic had much to do with his
excellent play on the field.
humbling, for me as a coach and for Matt as a player, to
be recognized for his greatness," Hinkens told
Post-Crescent Media. "One thing about Matt is that he
doesn't get outworked. He studied and did everything we as
a coaching staff, asked him to do."
who also is an outstanding basketball player, also points
to Xavier offensive coordinator Jim Zuleger as a key
mentor in his development.
awesome," Ferris said. "An offensive genius and
he helped me out with reading defenses and knowing the
offense inside and out."
also gave credit to Xavier's outstanding set of wide
receivers for helping him set those state marks.
guys made me look good," he said.
averaged nearly 304 yards passing per game and had a
season-high 420 yards and eight touchdown passes, a
single-game state record, against Ripon in a 64-14
had six touchdown passes in wins over Little Chute and
Berlin and also threw three touchdowns in a 42-0 victory
over Winneconne, which eventually won the WIAA Division 4
players nominated for Player of the Year included a pair
of University of Wisconsin recruits in Monona Grove
offensive lineman Jaden Gault and Mukwonago linebacker
this Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 photo, Winneconne head
football coach Clint Peters talks to the crowd of
students and fans during a pep rally send-off for
the state bound Winneconne football team, in
Winneconne, Wis. Peters is the Wisconsin Associated
Press High School Football Coach of the Year, while
Appleton Xavier senior quarterback Matt Ferris is
the Wisconsin Associated Press High School Football
Player of the Year.
Wisconsin AP Coach of the Year is Clint Peters, who made
sure his Winneconne football team never lost sight of its
a 42-0 loss to Appleton Xavier dropped the team's overall
record to 2-5, the Wolves never wavered from the plan they
started the year out with —one that Peters has preached
throughout his two seasons as head coach.
one goal is to make the playoffs," Peters said.
"We don't look forward to anything except making the
playoffs and just by having one common goal and having the
kids buy into it and work for it, they didn't lose
won its final two games of the regular season to reach its
goal, sneaking into the playoffs with a 4-5 overall
record. Five weeks and five wins later, Peters had the led
the Wolves to something no other team in Wisconsin had
went from being a No. 6 seed to winning the WIAA Division
4 state title, beating Platteville 28-14 at Camp Randall
Stadium to become the first team with five losses to win a
still haven't come to grasp with all of it, I guess,"
Peters told Oshkosh Northwestern Media. "Obviously,
the season turned out a lot better than it started."
was one of six coaches nominated for the honor, along with
fellow state champions Greg Malling of Arrowhead, Steve
Jones of Kimberly, Mike Stassi of Monona Grove and Jeff
Koenig of Stanley-Boyd along with Rob Stoltz of state