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1896-1897 Season

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As the fall of 1876 rolled around and students began returning to South for a new school year, it would be up to Mr. Gilbert to assemble the young men interested in playing football. The players assembled in early September to prepare for the upcoming season.

The first game played by South was against the University of Minnesota.  South would seem to be out-matched in this game, playing college students, and they were.  The University won 31-0, taking little mercy on the young men from South.

It is important to note, that early in South football, the team would often play local colleges and universities because of the lack of high schools that fielded teams.

South learned their first win against the team from Stillwater. South must have learned a lot in their loss to the U, because they won by a lopsided 26-0. 

Their first game against a Minneapolis school came in late October, when South took on Central.  The game was close with South pulling out an 8-0 win.

South took on Shattuck on Halloween.  The spirits must have been with South because they won their third straight game, defeating Shattuck 10-0.

South took on their second Minneapolis opponent, East.  This very close game resulted in South’s only tie with the final score being 4-4.

South ended their season on November 21 playing Madison, Wisconsin.  The season ended how it started, with team from Madison taking it to South.  South lost 21-0.