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1917-1918 School Year
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1917-1918 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Lodmill, Glasoe, Olsen, Ekhlund, Siverson, McRae. Middle Row: Libby, Kubias, Swanson, Ravitch, Johnson, Stern, Coach Bird. Back Row: Olsen

South opened the season playing someplace they have never been before….on their own athletic field.  Plans have been underway for South to have their own field for a few years and this year, the dream came true.  The field was dedicated at the first Minneapolis game of the season against East. The last items to be completed were the fence around the field and the addition of bleachers. 

Also, as last school year ended, the football team found out they needed a new coach.  Ira Jones resigned his position as physical education teacher and coach.  The school turned to an old hand to take Jones’ place, Ossian Bird.  Mr. Bird was a teacher and coach for two years before quitting his teaching position to open a candy store.  Unfortunately with World War I raging in Europe, people did not have money to spend on candy, so Mr. Bird returned as both gym teacher and football coach.

The team played their first game against the South Alumni.  South had nine of the 11 starters returning from last season, so the team was heavily favored.  Unfortunately, no one told the Alumni that.  The former players came out and controlled the line, scored twice and won 13-0.

After the dedication of the field, South and East squared off.  South was hampered when one player was declared ineligible before the start of the game.  There was no scoring in the first quarter.  East broke through with a touchdown in the second quarter.  This was the only scoring of the game and East upset South 7-0.

A week later, South took on West. South opened the scoring about 10 minutes into the game with a five yard run by Lodmill.  After and interception late in the first quarter, South scored early in the second quarter on a touchdown run by Long.  West added a score and at half time, South was leading 13-6.  In the third quarter, McRae picked up a West fumble and ran 35 yards for a touchdown.  Swanson scored later in the game to make the final score 27-6.

Central was South’s next opponent.  Neither team scored in the first half.  Central scored their only touchdown in the third quarter.  South attempted to come back, but a late interception by Central sealed the Tigers’ fate, a 7-0 loss.

The last game of the season was against North.  North was on the verge of scoring but a 15 yard penalty took away the Polars’ change.  Neither team scored in the first half. The game remained scoreless through the third quarter.  With five minutes left to play, two passes from South put the ball on North’s five yard line.  Four plays later, Swanson scored a touchdown for the only points of the game.  South won 6-0.

South finished the season with a 2-2 record in the City Conference, good for third place.  Five players were recognized as All-Conference by the Minneapolis Tribune.  Ecklund and Rundquist were named to the first team.  Glassoe, Libby and Lodmill were named to the second team.

After the football season ended, Mr. Bird resigned his position as teacher and coach to become the Athletic Director at Ohio State University.