Xavier’s Matt Ferris set a state record last Friday with eight touchdown passes in the Hawks’ 64-14 win over Ripon.
That got us to thinking about what have been the Fox Valley’s top 10 individual offensive efforts during a prep football game.
Here are the 10 best performances through the years.
1. Matt Ferris, Xavier
He completed 24 of 36 passes for 420 yards and a state-record eight touchdowns in a 64-14 win over Ripon on Friday. With 28 TDs this season, he is on pace to beat the record of 40 TD passes in a season set by Danny Freund of Kenosha St. Joseph in 2003.
2. Alex Schuh, Kimberly
He rushed 36 times for 448 yards and six TDs in a 52-40 win over D.C. Everest on Sept. 9, 2011, the third best performance ever by a back in state history. Schuh finished as the Valley Football Association-North’s leading rusher, rushing for 1,638 yards on 188 carries for an 8.7 yards-per-carry average. He finished with 22 touchdowns.
3. Don Jirschele, Clintonville
Jirschele scored seven touchdowns in a 60-0 win over New London on Nov. 4, 1950. The seven TDs are tied for fourth best in state history for one game. The Truckers finished 7-1 on the season, with the only loss against arch-rival Kaukauna 7-6.
4. Mike Jirschele, Clintonville
He scored 43 points in a 55-12 win over Pulaski on Sept. 26, 1975. He scored six touchdowns, kicked five extra points and scored one two-point conversion, the 12th-best performance in state history but third best at the time. The Truckers finished the season with an 8-1 record. The record for points in a game is 66 by West De Pere’s Gilford Skenadore in 1926.
5. Mitch Weber, Kimberly
Weber caught a state-record 11 passes in the WIAA Division 2 state championship game in 2009. The Papermakers were looking for a third straight championship, but came up short in a 34-21 loss to Waunakee.
6. Robert Michalkiewicz, St. Mary Central
He threw for 495 yards and six touchdowns on 25-of-40 passing in a 49-26 win over Mishicot on Sept.27, 2002. The yardage is the 10th most in state history. The six TDs in a game are tied for ninth best in state history. Michalkiewicz finished the season by throwing for 32 touchdowns and 3,055 yards, both tied for 10th-best ever.
7. Justin Last, Winneconne
Last caught 12 passes for 324 yards and five touchdowns in a 32-14 win over Ripon on Oct. 11, 1996. The win helped the Wolves move closer to earning their first playoff appearance in four years and fourth ever.
8. Anthony Lutz, St. Mary Central
Lutz completed 33 of 50 passes and threw for 466 yards and five touchdowns in a 50-34 loss to Manitowoc Lutheran on Oct. 10, 2008. Lutz’s yardage is 15th best in state history.
9. Jordan Johnson, Waupaca
He caught eight passes in the WIAA Division 3 championship game, a 24-21 loss to Waunakee in 2002. The performance is tied for third-best in a state championship game.
10. Luke Pattermann, Hilbert
He recorded the seventh-longest rushing play in WIAA state championship game history by racing 80 yards for a touchdown in the 2008 Division 7 title game. Unfortunately for the Wolves, they lost 37-14 to Burlington Catholic Central. Pattermann finished with 112 yards rushing on 14 carries, with two TDs.
— Dan Kohn: 920-993-1000, ext. 305, or firstname.lastname@example.org; On Twitter @PCDanKohn