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1911-1912 School Year
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1911-1912 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Truman, Juster, Bissonette, Ballentine. Second Row: Sauer, Warner, Gulden, Low, Farrell, Humphrey. Third Row: Savage, Lyneen, Curtain, Flagstad, Moe, Eklund, Anderson, Brataas. Back Row: Solem, Hawthorne, Olsen.

For the first time, a proposal has come forth for the creation of a South Athletic field.  This field would allow South to play football games and host track meets on their own field.  Since the inception of the team, South would play their “home” games at public parks or at other school’s fields. 

It was the responsibility of William Hawthorne to mold the young men into football players Oscar Solem was Hawthorne’s assistant. Hawthorne and Solem had a lot of work to do since there were only four starters returning from last season’s team. It is also important to note that Oscar Solem becomes the first South Football Alum to coach the team.

South opened the season against East.  Flagstad, who was injured before the season, returned for the first game.  Even though South won 3-0, the game was not as close as the score demonstrates.  Even though South threatened to score multiple times, the only score was a drop-kick made by Low.

South and St. Paul Central played a very tough contest.  Both teams were like two big bulls fighting each other, neither one wanting to give.  And neither did.  The game ended in a 0-0 tie.

South then travelled to St. Cloud to take on the Normal School.  South managed only a drop kick.  St. Cloud Normal scored a touchdown to win 5-3.

South then took on West.  According to newspapers, West won the game 18-0.  However, the South yearbook claimed that South scored first on a disputed play.  After a long discussion, the South score stood.  West refused to continue.  All sources agreed that West did forfeit and South was given a 2-0 win.

South was undefeated going into their game against North on November 10.  South spent the week before the game perfecting their plays and was ready for the contest.  North averaged 10 pounds more per man thank South.  Still, the South defense dominated the game.  Two kicks, one in the second quarter and one in the third, was all the scoring South needed, giving the team a 6-0 win. One local newspaper, according to the 1912 South Yearbook said of the team, “South was an automation composed of ten cogs and a governor.  Before the game, Coach Hawthorne had oiled his machine to the highest point of efficiency, and there was not only slip in any part of its most intricate formations.”

South was now expected to win the conference.  They only had to play Central, who was winless. However, a snowstorm dropped a foot of snow on the area.  The second team was excused from class to shovel the snow from the field so the game could be played.  The field was in fair condition at the start of the game.  The yearbook reported the following about the game. “During the first five minutes of play South looked a sure winner.  A blocked put was recovered on Central’s five yard line, but with three down, South was unable to put the ball over the goal line.  The remainder of the game was not featured by any brilliant playing on either side. Toward the end of the game, Central was forced to kick and the ball hit the cross-beam of the goal posts and was recovered by South.  The remainder of the game was a kicking duel.”  The game ended in a 0-0 tie.

South did win the City Title win a 3-0-1 record.  West was second at 2-1-1.  Overall, the South finished 3-1-2.  Four players were named to the first team All-City by the Minneapolis Tribune.  Curtin, Flagstad, Guldenm and Low were the four name All-City