Helping lead the Crusaders to a 42-7 victory over Waupaca in the WIAA Division 3 state title game, Hubley rushed for 199 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns, averaging 10.5 yards per carry.
"Coach prepared us really well offensively and we knew we needed to pound the ball," said Hubley. "We worked some passes in and got a lot of big gains off of it. Overall it worked really well."
One of his touchdown runs were conventional – a two-yard run in the first quarter – and an unconventional one – a 70-yard touchdown run where he made one defender miss with a juke, another with a sidestep and other with his sub 4.53 40-yard dash.
"That gave us some momentum," said Hubley of his 70-yard run. "We had great downfield blocking, so I have to give a lot of credit to them.
The Crusaders registered 404 total yards on just 39 offensive plays (10.4 yards per play) with Hubley accounting for 49.8 percent of the offense. He also added three tackles for loss on defense, including a sack.
"Matt's a powerhouse," said receiver Andre Bodden. "He's a hard working kid and that's what we expect out of him. When the play is called for him, he just does what he has to do and grinds it out.
"Last year he was supposed to play but he had an elbow and shoulder injury, so that kept him on defense because we didn't want him getting hurt. This year, he came out and was big for us."
Confirming he will be on full scholarship starting in the summer since he committed on October 23, Hubley is anxiously await his next trip to Camp Randall.
"It felt good to be able to focus on the season," said Hubley. "I originally wanted to wait until after the season to focus on my recruitment. I wanted to win a state championship. I'm excited to be here and for the years to come."
Added coach Bill Young: "Hubley is an incredible player. He's physical. He's fast. He's tough. He's strong. He's one of the best players I've ever coached (in 35 years)."
Added Waupaca coach John Koronkiewicz: "You can see that he's a very gifted, physically-talented young man. When you're 6-2, 205 and run as fast as he can, you know Wisconsin has an outstanding recruit. The way he played and handled himself, I think he's a guy who has a pretty good character, which goes a long way at the next level."
Panos Notches a Title
Knowing one of his many responsibilities in the division 1 title game was to contain good friend and fellow Wisconsin 2014 commit Craig Evans, Hartland Arrowhead junior offensive guard George Panos was ready for a sneak preview of UW practices over the next couple years.
"It's a good feud," said Panos. "He's a great player, a great challenge and it's going to be fun the next couple years."
Round one went to the first commit in UW's 2014 class, as Hartland Arrowhead won its fifth state championship in its 10th appearance with a 35-14 whipping of Evans' Sun Prairie.
The Warhawks finished undefeated and wasted no time going against a defense that had allowed only 26 points (3.25 per game) in the regular season. Scoring on three of its fourth drives, the Warhawks scored 35 first-half points, tying the division 1 record.
"We know we had great playmakers on offense," said Panos. "We knew we had the most explosive offense in the state. All we did on the offensive line was do our jobs, block in front, get them the ball and let them do what they do.
"Coming out, we scored right away and I went, ‘Wow, this is easy.' We kept on doing it."
Hartland Arrowhead neutralized Evans, who finished with four tackles, and rolled up 390 yards of total offense.
"It was great to play under the lights at Camp Randall," said Panos. "Hopefully we get back here next year."
With a defense giving up just 10 points a game, Mequon Homestead saved its best defensive performance for last, shutting out three-time defending champion Waunakee, 14-0, in the WIAA Division 2 championship Friday at Camp Randall.
The victory gives Homestead (12-1) its fourth state championship since 1999 and its first in division 2.
"It really came down to execution, which is what we worked the whole year for," said Highlanders junior defensive tackle Brandon Hines. "It's a great effort by the defensive line, but it's definitely a big effort here."
Homestead outgained Waunakee 258-215, shut down a Waunakee offense averaging 40.3 points per game and turned back the Warriors three times on fourth-down attempts inside its five-yard line. Hines, who camped at UW last summer and continues to get mail from the Badgers, rotated throughout the game and finished with two tackles and one for loss.
The Warriors were looking to set a new WIAA record with its 49th straight victory, but was shutout for the first time since the 2005 state championship game.
"We had an amazing effort," said Hines. "Everything I worked for, it's an amazing feeling."
Others to Note
- Arrowhead junior linebacker Matt Seitz, who has visited the Badgers a couple times, finished with four tackles. Seitz should good poise and strength working against Sun Prairie's offensive line, forcing the tailbacks to change directions and allow his teammates to make tackles.
- Arrowhead junior defensive end Billy Hirschfeld, who has also visited UW, did not make a tackle in the game.