coach Dave Hinkens said Ferris’ attention to detail
and outstanding work ethic had much to do with his
excellent play in leading Xavier to an 11-2 record as
the Hawks advanced to Level 4 in the Playoffs, just one
game shy of the State Championship.
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.
study at home and on the weekends and at night to help
him prepare. His dedication was second to none in
preparing for success,” added Hinkens.
one of the top basketball players in the area, praised
Xavier offensive coordinator Jim Zuleger as a key mentor
in his development. “He’s awesome, an
offensive genius, and he helped me out with reading
defenses and knowing the offense inside and out,”
The QB also
gave credit to Xavier’s outstanding set of wide
receivers for helping him set those state marks. “Those guys made me look good,” Ferris said.
Levi O'Brien and Matt Kinderman, both juniors, were the
top two targets of Ferris this past season.
O'Brien finished with 1,292 yards to finish 2nd in the
state in receiving yards (just 16 yards behind the
leader, who played 1 more game) while Kinderman led the
state in receptions with 81 and O'Brien finished 4th
with 67 catches in what was clearly a special season.
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. The 64 points set a new school record for
points in one game.