Pigskin Preview: New Berlin Pretzels


School: New Berlin (Waverly and Franklin co-op)

Mascot: Pretzels

Head Coach: Seth Hill

Years at School: 2nd season

Overall Record: 3-6 in first season

Assistant Coaches: Tim Denney, Jeff Harres, Jim Huffman, Mike Ranos, Darrin Cummings, Chris Gordon, Marc Luttrell, Tino Vasques, Ryan McDonald, Tanner Shafer

Last Year’s Conference Record: 3-6 

Last Year’s Overall Record: 3-6

Postseason: none

2018 Team Scoring Average:  241 points (26.8 average)

2018 Team Yards per Game Average: 126 passing, 142 rushing, 268 total

2018 Team Yards per Game Passing: 1133

2018 Team Yards per Game Rushing: 1278

2018 Team Points Allowed Per Game: 237 points (26.3 average)

2018 Team Yards Allowed Per Game: 298 YPG (2660 total)

2018 Team Yards Allowed per Game Passing: 147 YPG (1320 total)

2018 Team Yards Allowed Per Game Rushing: 149 YPG (1340 total)

School State Championships: 0

School Conference Championships: 5

Biggest Rival Game Every Year: Auburn and Pleasant Plains

Number of Players out this season: 55

Number of returning letterman: 32

Number of returning starters: 7

Offense: 7

Defense: 6

Top Returnees from 2018:


Jackson Smith            QB      SR       6’3       160

Christian Knox           WR      SR       5’10     160

Will Cummings          WR      SR       5’11     160


Luke Longtha             LB                   6’0       180

Jackson Smith             S          SR       6’3       160

Who are the newcomers we should know about and why?

Pierce Bergschnider RB is going to get some carries this year, Greg Zellers OL/DL is going to see some time this year. Ethan Mudd OL/DL has gotten alot bigger in the weight room and will be able to play some key roles. Will Cummings WR is going to be trying to fill Carson Reese shoes in a big way.

What are the questions marks for this team heading into the 2019 season?

Can we execute the way we need to all the time. Can we play a full game first snap to last and keep that intensity up. Can we be consistent.

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

This team is a family and has spent the off season growing together and buying into our program.

Head Coach Seth Hill says: 

We are going to worry about us and doing what we do and let the players play. The rest will come with time. We have to get good at what we do.”