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1926-1927 School Year
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1926-1927 Varsity Team Photo: Back Row: S. Andersen, Ware, Mr. Burdick, Mr. Eggebrecht, Mr. Williams, E. Williams, Hallman. Third Row: Rasmussen, Carlstrom, Swanson, Pulliam, Walberg, Fredell, Stolze. Second Row: Ubl, Broberg, Peterson, Wick, Peters, Strand. Front Row: Ness, Ilstrup, Connolly, Discher, Andrusko, Mikkelson

When the 1926-1927 football season began, Head Coach Evan O. Williams had only ten returning players among the 45 young men who showed interest in playing.  With the lack of size, Williams and his assistant, Otto Eggebrecht, realized they would have to develop a team using speed if they wanted to reverse the losing trend of the last two seasons.

South opened the season against Central.  This was important for two major reasons.  First, South now had a new home field to play on.  Secondly, the opening of the new field seemed like a perfect time for the Tigers to hold their annual Homecoming game.  The Tigers seemed to want to christen their new field with a win.  They ran all over Central in the first half, and a tough defense allowed very few yards to Central.  However, South managed only one touchdown, when Glen Discher scores on an end run.  Central scored their lone touchdown in the third quarter.  The final was a 6-6 tie.

The second game of the season was against Edison.  South’s speed was no match for the Tommies, South seemed to score at will.  The defense stopped Edison, with the Tommies only threatening once.  That came on a punt return that put Edison at the 14-yard line.  On the next play, Edison fumbled and Discher picked up the ball and ran 85 yards for a touchdown. South intercepted four Edison passes en route to a 47-0 win.

South took on North and at the start of the game, the Tigers were in control.  South moved the ball with ease but could not score in the first half.  North did not make one first down, despite having a big weight advantage.  South took the lead 6-0 in the third quarter, but North battled back, scoring two touchdowns and winning 13-6.  Discher was injured in the first quarter and did not return to the game.

Marshall was the Tigers’ next opponent.  The Cardinals ran all over South amassing a 21-0 win. 

The last two games of the season were easy wins for the Tigers.  Roosevelt did not record a point.  The Tigers scored seven touchdowns en route to a 45-0 win.  Al Broberg scored five of them.  Discher broke away for an 85-yard touchdown run and E. Nelson added the last score.

The last game was another laugher, with South beating West 48-0. 

South finished the season with a 3-2-1 record, tripling the win total of the past two seasons combined.  Broberg and Ilstrup were named to the All-Conference squad by the various newspapers of the city.