Xavier senior quarterback Matt Ferris has been named the Gatorade Wisconsin football player of the year.
The 6-foot-5 Ferris enjoyed a record-breaking season this fall in leading the Hawks to an 11-2 mark and a berth in the WIAA Division 3 state semifinals, throwing for 3,949 yards and 50 touchdowns while completing 62 percent of his passes.
The 50 TDs are a state single-season record.
“Matt Ferris is the most complete and uniquely talented quarterback I’ve had the opportunity to coach in the past 20 years,” Xavier coach Dave Hinkens said in a release. “He gives our team a chance to win every game and his play at the quarterback position was the best in Wisconsin this year. He has distinguished himself both on and off the field and epitomizes what it means to be a student-athlete at Xavier.”
The award acknowledges athletic excellence, academic achievement and high character shown on and off the field.
Ferris is a finalist for the Gatorade national player of the year award. He also threw for a single-game state record eight touchdowns to highlight a 64-14 Eastern Valley Conference victory over Ripon on Sept. 20.