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1928-1929 School Year
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1928-1929 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Anderson, Forsberg, Strand, Hanley, Ware, Connolly, Oas. Middle Row: Wick, Cleve, Trow, Morey, Shink, Hansen. Back Row: Haug, Roan, Markuson, Ubl, Ness, Mr. Barnard.

Things were changing in football.  At South, a new head coach, Les Barnard, took over.  At the time, no one knew he would lead the Tigers for the next 30 years.  Also, an eighth team entered the conference, Washburn, the newest school in the district.

Barnard had a lot of talent to work with.  The line, which may have been the most powerful in the league, was filled by five veterans.  Two lettermen anchored spots in the backfield.

South opened the season against defending co-champion North. The first quarter was a defensive struggle with neither team scoring.  In the second quarter, North scored on a botched South punt, falling on the ball in the end zone.  With the score 6-0, South scored when Myron Ubl intercepted a pass and ran 40 yards for the touchdown.  With the extra point, South led 7-6. The remainder of the game was in the hands of the defense.  Both teams tried to move the ball but were stopped by a hard-hitting defense.  South won by one point, 7-6.

Special Teams played an important role in the game against Marshall.  The only touchdown came in the fourth quarter when South blocked a Marshall punt and Gus Wick fell on it for the score.  The Tigers again won, this time 6-0.

For the first time in history, South took on Washburn.  The day was rainy and the field was muddy.  Ware scored on a 20-yard pass from Ubl.  South’s second touchdown came when Clinton Markuson recovered a fumble in the end zone.  South won 13-0.

South traveled to Roosevelt to take on the Teddies.  The Tiger defense again led the way.  South scored first, late in the second quarter.  A 12-yard pass, Ubl to Roan, put the ball on the Teddie six-yard line.  Kelly Ness then took the ball and ran the last six yards for the touchdown.  South led 6-0.  The Teddies tied the game in the fourth quarter.  The game was tied with two minutes remaining and the Tigers controlling the ball on the Roosevelt 13 yard line.  Ness passed to Lloyd Connolly who scored, giving the Tigers a 12-6 win.

Against West, neither team scored in the first half.  South finally broke through with a touchdown in the third quarter on a run by Markuson.  Markuson again scored in the fourth quarter giving the Tigers a 12-0 win.

South was 5-0 going in to their game with Central.  Central has not lost a game in five years. (They have tied however.)  This game would be for the conference title.  The game played at Nicollet Park was sold out.  Both teams were led by their defense.  The game was scoreless at halftime.  In the third quarter, South finally broke through when Ness took the ball on Central’s 45 yard line and ran to the right.  He then reversed his directions, evading tacklers as he scrambled, with great blocking to the end zone for a touchdown, the only score the Tigers would need.  With a 7-0 lead, the defense took over and stopped all advances Central attempted, giving South their sixth win.   

South finished their season with a 6-0 win over Edison.  Ubl scored the only touchdown.

Three seasons ago, the Minneapolis and St. Paul conferences decided to have their conference champions play for the Twin Cities title.  For the first time, South represented Minneapolis.  They would take on St. Paul Central. Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, with the score being tied at halftime at zero.  St. Paul Central then took advantage of South errors and scored 20 unanswered points.  South scored one touchdown.  This was the only loss of the season for the Tigers.

South finished with a 7-0 record in Minneapolis and a 7-1 overall record.  Three players were named to the All-Conference team by the Minneapolis newspapers, Kelly Ness (running back), Myron Ubl (quarterback), and Roy Cleve (tackle).