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1915-1916 School Year
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1915-1916 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Libby, Abromovitch, Second Row: Johnson, Kubias, Hoppe, Anderson, Custafsen, Weblen. Third Row: McRae, Irgens, Swanson, Carey, Olson. Back Row: Siverson, Peterson, Dudley, Head Coach Jones.

The 1915-16 football team was organized under adverse conditions according to the 1916 South Yearbook.  The outlook was bleak because of the loss of experienced players due to graduation.  Another concern was the new coach and assistant.  Ira Jones became the 15th head coach in 23 year South fielded a football team.  H.E. Griebenow is Mr. Jones’ assistant.

The season opened October 2 against West.  West was favored highly to win the conference title because of the great number of returning players.  Because of this, South never had a chance in the game.  West scored at will, winning 59-0!

South then took on their Alumni.  South was able to score, but still lost 46-12. 

On October 22, South took on Central.  Neither team scored in the first quarter.  A pass by Swanson to Carey gave South a 6-0 lead.  In the third quarter, South punted and Central’s receiver fumbled the ball.  Peterson picked up the fumble and ran it in for a touchdown giving South a 13-0 score.  Central scored in the fourth quarter, giving South a 13-7 win.

South was a decided underdog against North, but played the Polars tough.  With North driving, the Polars fumbled the ball and Carey grabbed the ball and ran it in for a touchdown.  This gave South the 7-0 lead at halftime and the belief they could pull an upset.  During the second half, North kept pushing the ball toward the end zone, but was stopped each time.  South upset North 7-3!

South then took on Dunwoody.  Unfortunately, there are no results from the game available.

The last game of the season was against East on November 12.  Sitting in second place, South now believed they could finish the season as high as first place if they beat East.  East was undefeated, having upset the powerful West squad.  South was without a few key players due to injuries, including team captain, Hoppe, and Raymond Ecklund, who suffered a broken leg.  East scored the first 13 points before South lit up the scoreboard.  South managed only one more touchdown while East poured on the points.  The final was 40-13.

South ended the season with a 2-2 conference record, good for third place.  Peterson was honored by the Minneapolis Tribune as a member of the All-Conference team. 14 players earned letters.