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1916-1917 School Year
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1916-1917 Varsity Football Team Photo: Players’ names not listed in the 1917 South Yearbook.

The prospects for the 1916-1917 football season were not bright.  Coach Ira Jones, beginning his second season as the leader of the South football team, had only a few veterans returning and did not have a lot of new players coming out for the team.  Through routine practice, South hoped to have a successful season. Mr. Flannagan coached the second team (This is the equivalent of the Junior Varsity n 2017.)

South began the season against their Alumni.  The Alumni seemed more organized than the Tigers.  Because of this, the Alumni won 25-0.

On October 7, South faced off against North for their first city game of the season.  South used their brains and speed against North experience and size.  After the first five minutes of the game, the play seemed to be in North’s end of the field. North took the opening kick-off and marched down the field.  On the South 20 yard line and fourth down, North attempted a pass that was knocked down by South. South took over but ended up punting, with both teams then exchange.  As North was driving, they fumbled the ball on the 45 yard line and it was picked up by Weblen who ran it back 55 yards for a touchdown.  South scored again on the first play of the second quarter when Irgens smashed though North’s line for a one-yard score.  South scored a third touchdown on a three yard run by Abromovich. This sore was set up by passed to Peterson and an interference call.  To end the first half, South was in punt formation, but fake a punt.  Weblen caught a 40 yard touchdown pass from Swanson.  At half time, South was leading 27-0.  In the second half, South was limited to two scores.  The first in the third quarter was a 15 yard run from Sieverson.  The last touchdown was the result of North not knowing the rules.  On the following kick-off, the ball went into the end zone.  North did not go for the ball and McRae hustled down the field, fell on the ball in the end zone and scored a touchdown.  South won 41-0.

South then took on West the following week.  South had a letdown, not playing as well as they did against North.  West scored on their first possession.  West received the kick-off.  On their first play, West threw a pass that went for an 85 yard touchdown! West scored a second touchdown in the first half on a run.  The last scoring of the game came in the fourth quarter on a pass.  West won 18-0.

South then took on University High School.  This was a challenging game for both teams.  University scored only one touchdown, as did South.  The difference in the game was an extra point.  South won 7-6.

South then took on Central on October 27.  The first quarter was scoreless.  South broke through in the second quarter.  Swanson hit Weblen for a 30 yard gain.  That was followed by three runs which took the ball to the one foot line.  Sieverson scored a touchdown on fourth down.  The remainder of the game was scoreless.  South won 7-0.

The last game of the season was against East.  Going into this game, three teams were tied with a 2-1 record.  South, East and West.  South had a chance to take the Conference title.  East controlled the game through the third quarter.  They scored the only points of the game, leading 6-0. With a few minutes to play, South took control of the ball at their 40 yard line.  South methodically moved down the field.  When they reached the 20 yard line, Peterson threw to Swanson who scored on a 20 yard pass for a touchdown.  The game was tied 6-6.  It looked like the earlier missed extra point would cost east the title.  Unfortunately, South missed the extra point too!  The game ended in a tie.  West beat North 47-0 to claim the title.  South and East tied for second place. 

Overall, South was 3-2-1.  Two players were named to All-Conference Squad by the Minneapolis Tribune, Clarence Peterson and Russell Weblon.