INSTANT REPLAY: WEEK 9
Xavier entered Friday’s regular-season finale focused on entering the postseason on a winning note and the Hawks had no issue ending Berlin’s playoff hopes with a 50-18 win.
Xavier QB Matt Ferris threw six TD passes and became the state’s all-time single-season record holder with 41 TD passes. Ferris has thrown at least six TD passes in three games this season.
Xavier opened the game, however, with a running touchdown and then Ferris took over, throwing four first-half TD passes. In the third quarter, Ferris his Matt Kinderman for the state-tying 40th TD pass and No. 41 as Kinderman had 5 TD catches.
Xavier has scored 50 or more points in four games this season, which is why Berlin, which needed a win to make the playoffs, tried to play keep-away. The Indians tried four on-sides kicks and recovered none of the attempts.
If you can’t stop ‘em, don’t give ‘em the ball. Berlin was desperate for a win and gave it a shot.
- What we learned: Xavier is tough-minded. This is no surprise if you know the Hawks’ coach, Dave Hinkens. He made sure Xavier had no issues bouncing back from a tough loss the week before at Waupaca. That should serve the Hawks well in the playoffs.
- What stood out: Xavier’s offense. The Hawks had no issues scoring, which is obvious by the 50 points on the scoreboard, but it came against a team playing to extend its season. Xavier put up 425 total yards and Ferris didn’t play the fourth quarter.
- Quotable: “It feels great. It’s just a result of all the hard work by myself and everyone else around me. Everybody saw something in me before I saw something in myself.” — Ferris on setting the state record for TD passes in a single season.
- 1. Hortonville 34, West De Pere 27 (Week 8, OT). Polar Bears finally end the Phantoms’ Bay Conference reign and 41-game regular season winning streak.
- 2. Ashwaubenon 20, Green Bay Southwest 17 (Week 3). Ashwaubenon scores late to win game.
- 3. Waupaca 27, Freedom 18 (Week 2). Nate Jenson makes key passing plays to lead Comets.
- 4. Kimberly 45, Menasha 30 (Week 1). Papermakers outscore Menasha, 21-6 in second half.
- 5. Ashwaubenon 28, Bay Port 14 (Week 7). Morgan throws for 424 yards and 3 TDs as Jaguars take sole possession of the FRCC.
- 6. Chilton 21, Brillion 7 (Week 5). Tigers’ defense allows zero points after first drive of the game.
- 7. Bay Port 21, Notre Dame 7 (Week 4). Bay Port’s defense too much in 21-7 win.
- 8. Kimberly 49, Appleton North 14 (Week 6). Expected to be a thriller, Kimberly made sure it wasn’t with 21 quick points en route to win.
- 9. Xavier 50, Berlin 18 (Week 9). Xavier opened a 16-0 lead and never looked back as Matt Ferris threw 6 TD passes giving him a state record of 41 this season,
Team of the Week: Roncalli.
Thursday, the Olympian-Packerland Large had its own conference title game as perfect teams Roncalli and Kewaunee battled. While both teams entered with the same record, 8-0, there was nothing similar about the teams on the field. Roncalli pounded Kewaunee, 35-0 to win its first conference title since 1989.
With the win, Roncalli received a No. 1 seed in the Division 4 playoffs, while Kewaunee was seeded No. 2 in Division 5.
- Jaguars survive. Ashwaubenon survived a Hail Mary pass from Notre Dame and finished the regular season 9-0 with a 17-14 win over the Tritons. The Jaguars won their first FRCC title sine 2010, when it also was 9-0 during the regular season.
- Brillion makes playoffs. Brillion’s 47-18 win over Sturgeon Bay wasn’t just a nice win to end the season for the Lions. As it turned it out it was a big win as Brillion finished 3-4 in the O-P Small and its 5-4 overall record made it playoff eligible as there weren’t enough .500 records in conference throughout the state to fill the playoff field.
- Winneconne qualifies. Winneconne needed a road win at Ripon to make the playoffs and after a 14-14 tie at halftime, the Wolves outscored the Tigers 21-8 in the second half to make the postseason with a 35-22 win. Winneconne has made the playoffs in four of the last five years but hasn’t advanced.
- Fondy makes postseason. Fond du Lac needed a win against Wisconsin Rapids to make the playoffs and the Cardinals are back in the postseason after as 34-19 win. It’s Fondy’s first playoff appearance since 2009.
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