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1939-1940 School Year
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1939-1940 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Peterson, Irgens, Pollard, Held, Johnston, McKitterick, Cupps. Middle Row: Coach Cleve, Hanson, Wasick, Benson, Gallagher, Foss, McCarthy, Coach Barnard. Back Row: O’Dell, Medvic, Wick, Ostenby, Buckland, Savage, Roehl, Egeberg, Coach Mona.

As people’s lives return to normal and the economic crisis of the Great Depression ease, the South Tiger football team was looking to improve on the previous season’s record.  Coaches Lester Barnard, Frank Cleave and Luther Mona had the responsibility of tutoring the young men in the finer points of the game.

South opened the season against West.  West held the Tigers to one touchdown.  South played well, but West scored twice, wining 14-7.  West would claim a share of the city title when the season ended.

South played just as tough a game against Central. This defensive struggle saw only one score.  Unfortunately, it was by Central, who won 6-0.

The closest game of the season was played against Edison.  The difference between the two teams was a missed extra point.  The final score was 14-13.  The missed point was by South and Edison won.  Edison was the other school that shared the city title. 

South took their frustrations out on North, winning 25-6.  The offense pushed the Polar defense to the limit.  The Tiger defense continued their stellar play.

South took on Marshall.  Marshall and South played another close game.  This season, the close games all seemed to go to the opponents.  Marshall won 12-7

South took on Washburn for the Tigers’ Homecoming.  South won their second game of the season.  The Millers were held to 13 points by the defense, with the Tigers piling up 27 points.

In the last game of the season, South took on rival Roosevelt.  Another close game went to the opponent with the Teddies winning 14-12.

South finished the season with a 2-5 record, finishing is sixth place.  Despite the poor record, South outscored their opponents 91-79!