All-state football: Xavier QB Ferris named player of year

All-state football: Xavier QB Ferris named player of year


All-state football: Xavier QB Ferris named player of year


Matt Ferris’ record-breaking season helped lift Appleton Xavier to within a game of competing for the WIAA Division 3 state championship.

His play rewrote record books and led to his being named the Wisconsin Associated Press High School Football Player of the Year.

Ferris, a 6-foot-5, 175-pound senior, threw for 3,949 yards and 50 touchdowns, both state records.

Xavier head coach Dave Hinkens said Ferris’ attention to detail and outstanding work ethic had much to do with his excellent play.

“It’s humbling, for me as a coach and for Matt as a player, to be recognized for his greatness,” Hinkens said. “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.”

Ferris, who also is an outstanding basketball player, also points to Xavier offensive coordinator Jim Zuleger as a key mentor in his development.

“He’s awesome,” Ferris said. “An offensive genius and he helped me out with reading defenses and knowing the offense inside and out.”

Ferris also gave credit to Xavier’s outstanding set of wide receivers for helping him set those state marks.

“Those guys made me look good,” he said.

Ferris 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 victory.

He also 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 state title.

Other players nominated for Player of the Year included a pair of University of Wisconsin recruits: Monona Grove offensive lineman Jaden Gault and Mukwonago linebacker Dominic Cizauskas.

The Wisconsin AP Coach of the Year is Clint Peters, who made sure his Winneconne football team never lost sight of its goal.

Even when a 42-0 loss to Xavier dropped the team’s overall record to 2-5, the Wolves never wavered from the plan they started the year with — one that Peters has preached throughout his two seasons as coach.

“Our 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 focus.”

Winneconne won its final two games of the regular season to sneak into the playoffs with a 4-5 overall record. Five weeks and five wins later, Peters had led the Wolves to something no other team in Wisconsin had ever done.

Winneconne 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 championship.

“I still haven’t come to grasp with all of it, I guess,” Peters said. “Obviously, the season turned out a lot better than it started.”

Peters 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 runner-up Greendale.

2013 AP Wisconsin All-State Team

Player of the Year — Matt Ferris, QB, Appleton Xavier

Coach of the Year — Clint Peters, Winneconne

x-unanimous selection


x-QB – Matt Ferris, 6-5, 175, sr., Appleton Xavier

x-RB – Ike Floyd, 5-8, 150, sr., Fond du Lac Springs

RB – Colten Seibel, 6-0, 202, sr., Bloomer

RB – Ricky Williams, 5-6, 140, jr., Edgerton

x-OL – Jaden Gault, 6-7, 300, sr., Monona Grove

x-OL – Jacob Maxwell, 6-6, 285, sr., Greendale

OL – Logan Nelson, 6-3, 250, sr., Kimberly

OL – George Panos, 6-6, 295, sr., Hartland Arrowhead

OL – Sam Schrauth, 6-3, 314, sr., Fond du Lac Springs

WR/TE – Mitchell Brees, 6-3, 188, sr., Greendale

WR/TE – Jake Giordana, 6-1, 180, sr., Hudson – tie

PK – Casey Bednarski, 6-2, 210, sr., Oconomowoc

All-Purpose – Aric Elmore, 5-10, 180, La Crosse Logan

All-Purpose – Jacob Van Alsten, 6-0, 205, sr., Shiocton


DT – Craig Evans, 6-3, 305, sr., Sun Prairie

x-DT – Billy Hirschfeld, 6-6, 275, sr., Hartland Arrowhead

DT – Conor Sheehy, 6-4, 270, sr., Milwaukee Marquette

DE/OLB – Beau Benzschawel, 6-6, 250, sr., Grafton

DE/OLB – Gaelin Elmore, 6-6, 248, sr., Somerset

ILB – Dominic Cizauskas, 6-2, 250, sr., Mukwonago

ILB – Brock Offerdahl, 5-10, 185, sr., Monona Grove

ILB – Gus Wedig, 6-3, 200, sr., Walworth Big Foot

DB – Marcus Collins, 6-3, 210, sr., Madison La Follette

x-DB – Connor Rolain, 6-0, 205, sr., Appleton North

DB – Daulton Varsho, 5-9, 185, sr., Marshfield

x-P – Colin Downing, 5-11, 175, sr., Whitefish Bay


QB – Scott Schreiber, 6-3, 215, sr., Kimberly

RB – Drew Patterson, 6-0, 208, sr., Sussex Hamilton

RB – Isaac Tuttle, 5-10, 170, sr., Glenwood City

RB – Hudson Walton, 6-2, 210, sr., Cedarburg

OL – Jon Dietzen, 6-6, 300, sr., Seymour

OL – Jordan Lewinsky, 6-4, 275, sr., Mequon Homestead

OL – Tyler Powers, 6-2, 275, sr., Hortonville

OL – Luke Rasmussen, 6-7, 275, sr., Brookfield Central

OL – Brock Snider, 6-2, 265, sr., Lancaster

WR/TE – Noah Stengel, 6-3, 195, sr., Sheboygan North

WR/TE – Daurice Fountain, 6-3, 185, sr., Madison Memorial

PK – Jake Dragoo, 5-11, 170, sr., Madison Edgewood

All-Purpose – Dillon Martinez, 5-11, 170, sr., Holmen

All-Purpose – Riley Kallas, 6-0, 170, sr., Winneconne


DT – Jared Johnson, 6-3, 235, sr., Hudson

DT – David Pfaff, 6-3, 245, jr., Mequon Homestead

DT – Ty Romenesko, 6-3, 265, sr., Kimberly

DE/OLB – Ty DeForest, 6-2, 225, jr., Marshall

DE/OLB — Mark Gajewski, 6-0, 200, sr., Appleton North

ILB – Brock Allen, 6-0, 200, sr., DeForest

ILB – Dylan Harmston, 6-2, 206, sr., Menomonie

ILB – Zander Neuville, 6-5, 225, sr., Waupaca

DB – Logan Ballering, 5-11, 180, sr., Oconomowoc

DB – Mitchell Brees, 6-3, 188, sr., Greendale

DB – Alex Kocour, 6-1, 191, sr., Waukesha Catholic Memorial

P – P.J. Rosowski, 6-3, 185, sr., Stoughton


Tyler Blang, sr., QB, Monona Grove

Chase Crothers, jr., OL, Sun Prairie

Ryan Curran, sr., QB, Sun Prairie

Isaiah Lesure, sr., WR/DB, Mount Horeb/Barneveld

James McGuire, sr., OL/DL, Edgerton

Bryce Bennot, sr., DB, Wautoma

Seth Butler, sr., DB, Black Hawk

Tyler Glass, jr., RB, Lancaster

Derek Schambow, sr., WR/DB, Platteville

Tanner Sweeney, sr., RB, Black Hawk

Sean McGuire, sr., QB, Franklin

Jonathan Carson, sr., TE, Milwaukee Messmer/Shorewood

Canton Larson, sr., QB, Oconomowoc

Josh Ringelberg, jr., QB, Greendale

David O’Gorman, sr., DE, Watertown

Zach Dodge, sr., DL, Wilmot

Elijah Fort, sr., RB, Waukesha West

Jared Karow, sr., DB, Franklin

Adam Korpela, sr., WR, St. Francis

Vince Schimborski, sr., OLB, Brookfield East

Mark Seitz, sr., ILB, Hartland Arrowhead

Sam Seonbuchner, sr., OLB, Hartland Arrowhead

Wes Lodel, sr., OL, Manitowoc

Kollin Neils, sr., QB, Plymouth

Nate Neveau, sr., QB, Oshkosh North

Levin Vande Berg, sr., RB, Laconia

Devin Wilson, sr., DL, Omro

Chandler Diekvoss, sr., WR/DB, West De Pere

Luke Elsner, Sr., DL, Seymour

Kory Kodanko, Sr., OL, West De Pere

Alex Lasinski, Sr., RB, Hortonville

Andrew Schiessl, Sr., LB, Menasha

Andrew Thompson, Sr., QB, Hortonville

Dylan Szews, Sr., RB, Menasha

Nathan Peters, Sr., RB, Freedom

Reegan Anderson, jr., RB, Almond-Bancroft

Colton Boelte, sr., DT, Amherst

Albert Goerlitz, sr., DB, Owen-Withee

Mark Saari, sr., RB, Hurley

Jake Whalen, jr., LB, Wausau West

Hunter Hauser, sr., DL, Holmen

Lamont Murphy, sr., RB, La Crosse Central

Noah Risch, sr., ILB, Holmen

Greg Rooney, sr., OLB, Holmen

Erik Van Vleet, sr., RB, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau

Calvin Wright, sr., DL, La Crosse Logan

Ethan Young, sr., QB, Black River Falls

Nick Mehlum, jr., QB, Superior

Dusty Spaeth, sr., WR/DB, Stanley-Boyd

Luke Stanley, sr., TE, Menomonie


An earlier online version of this story incorrectly listed the school for honorable-mention selection Kory Kodanko. He is from West De Pere.


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