Pigskin Preview Team Capsule:

School​: Waverly-Franklin-New Berlin Mascot​: Pretzels
Head Coach​: Trevor Compardo Years at School: ​1

Overall Record​: 4-5
Assistant Coaches​: Jeff Harres, Jim Huffman, Seth Hill, Joe Sutera, Mike Ranos, Chris Gordon, Darrin Cummings, Tim Denney,

Jim Allmon
Last Year’s Conference Record: ​4-5
Last Year’s Overall Record​: 4-5
Postseason​: N/A
2016 Team Scoring Average​: 28.4
2016 Team Yards per Game Average​: 289.1 2016 Team Yards per Game Passing​: 154.5 2016 Team Yards per Game Rushing​: 134.5 2016 Team Points Allowed Per Game​: 35.3 2016 Team Yards Allowed Per Game​:
2016 Team Yards Allowed per Game Passing​: 2016 Team Yards Allowed Per Game Rushing​: School State Championships​: 0
School Conference Championships​:

Biggest Rival Game Every Year​: Historically, ever since I played here in the late 1990’s, it has always seemed that Auburn has been the biggest game of the year for our kids. There have been a lot of years when we have faced them late in the season and the game had major implications for our post-season berth. Last year was another example of that. Coach Bates has had a tremendous program for a long time and we have the utmost respect for what they have accomplished throughout the years.

Number of Players out this season​: 50 Number of returning letterman​: 12 Number of returning starters​: 12 Offense​: 6

Defense​: 6
Top Returnees from 2016​: (Position & Stats)
RB Danny McCloud: 96 carries / 509 yards, 11 tds
WR/RB/LB Carson Reese: 33 carries / 450 yards, 23 catches / 129 yards, 5 tds, 76 tackles WR/K/LB Hunter Stockton: 27 catches / 328 yards, 4 tds, 23-25 PAT’s, 69 tackles
WR Ben Nichols: 15 catches / 249 yards, 1 td
QB Casey Bixby (part-time starter): 26 rushes / 155 yards, 17/32 passing for 327 yards, 4 td’s OL Caleb Wellman
Position Name Ht Wt Year
QB Casey Bixby 6’1 205 Sr
RB Danny McCloud 5’9 180 Sr
WR Hunter Stockton 5’10 170 Sr.
WR/RB Ben Nichols 6’0 205 Sr.
WR/RB Carson Reese 5’8 165 Jr.
WR Warren Copeland 5’10 165 Sr.
C Brian Gordon 5’10 210 Soph
LG Billy Crossin 5’10 230 Soph
RG Phil White 5’10 230 Soph
LT Caleb Wellman 5’11 200 Sr.
RT Alex Johnson 6’2 205 Jr
DL Logan Sterner, Sam Danenberger, Brian Gordon, Phil White
LB’s Hunter Stockton, Luke Longhta, Chase McAfee, Carson Reese
DB’s Toby Marvin, Drew Garnett, Mark Owens, Nathan Cook, Caden Bossert

​Who are the newcomers we should know about and why?

Casey Bixby has looked good this summer and is ready to take on full time QB duties this year after seeing part-time action last season. Warren Copeland has looked very good this summer at our wide receiver spot that was left vacant by the graduation of Jack Eason. We return two DB’s, Mark Owens and Nathan Cook, who saw a lot of action as sophomores last

season. Junior Drew Garnett is back after suffering a back injury which ended his year last year, he plays primarily in the defensive backfield as well.

What are the questions marks for this team heading into the 2017 season?

We return some experienced skill guys which is good, but we are going to be young up front. However, they have a lot of potential and I think that they will continue to improve throughout the season and will end up being a solid group for us.

What’s something unique about this team that’s worth noting?

We are a true 3 school co-op with Waverly, Franklin and New Berlin High Schools all part of the football program. Some of our kids from Waverly and Franklin travel up to 25 mins each way to come to practices and games. It takes real dedication on their part to do that. This year we will have around 12 players combined from those schools.

Head Coach Trevor Compardo says:

I’m excited about this year. I thought our summer work has been very productive and we have had good attendance all summer long. We have some good experience coming back at our skill positions and I think we are going to be very solid in all those spots. Up front we are going to be young, but we have already seen some significant improvement from them throughout the summer. I expect them to continue to improve as the season progresses. The Sangamo Conference will once again be a tough battle week in and week out. Ultimately, our goal is to get back into the playoffs and be playing our best football when we do. Any team that makes it out of the Sangamo Conference into the playoffs can make some noise.

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