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1943-1944 School Year
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1943-1944 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: P. Pederson, W. Tuthill, G. Anderson, G. Peterson, J. Foss, H. Isakson, G. Pullens, C. Homo, T. Preston. Second Row: R. Howell, W. Owen, J. Roff, J. George, A. Borgen, L. Provo, R. Larges, G. Wigdahl, W. McMoore. Third Row: Coach Barnard, E. Seubert, J. Bloom, R. Nelson, G. Peterson, T. Bocan, E. Forslin, W. Schaeppi, R. Anonsen, F. Vaughn, D. Nelson, Coach Mona. Back Row: J. Wade, E. Kloop, E. Bodine, D.Thorud, A. Edling, R. Kommerstad, H. Erickson, W. Lenander, R. Olson, R. Lundgren, G. Green.

World War II was still raging and many young men were away fighting for the country.  Many teams, both professional and amateur offered to suspend play, but President Franklin Roosevelt urged all teams to do their best to keep playing.  Because of this, people could, for a little while, stop worrying about their loved ones who may never come home.

For the first time, the Tigers would play Southwest. It would be the first game since the “new kid on the block” entered the conference last season.  Southwest would be tested immediately by the Tigers.  South scored early and often against Southwest and showed the newcomers how tough it would be in Minneapolis.  South won 33-0.

South took on Washburn for their next game.  The Millers did not score and South won for the second time of the season, 13-0.

South took on West in their next game, and was finally scored upon.  However, West was limited to only one score.  South scored more and won 20-7.

South took on Vocational and the Volts gave very little competition to the Tigers.  At the end of the game, South won 34-0. 

South improved to a 5-0 record beating Central 33-0.

The Tigers faced the team from St. Cloud in a non-conference game.  The team from Central Minnesota had just as much success as the other opponents.  Again, South won 33-0.

South would play Roosevelt on October 27.  The game was for the City Championship.  South was undefeated.  Roosevelt’s only blemish was a tie in the first game of the season.  This game lived up to all the hype, with only one team scoring.  South won 6-0 and was one game away from claiming the title.

Going into the last game, three teams lost one game and were hoping North could pull an upset.  Henry lost to Roosevelt.  Edison lost to Henry.  Roosevelt lost to South (and tied North).  South knew not to take North lightly.  South came out fired up and moved the ball down the field easily, winning 42-0 and claiming the City title.

After winning the city, South took on St. Paul champion, Murray for the Twin City title.  Murray did something only one other team did this season, they scored.  Unfortunately for the St. Paul school, so did South.  South won 27-6 claiming the Twin City Championship.

South finished the season with a 7-0 conference record and a 9-0 overall record.  In the city, they outscored their opponents 181-7.  Overall, they outscored their foes 241-13.  Three players were named to the All-City squad: Ron Larges, Bill McMoore and Larry Provo.  Head Coach Lester Barnard finished his 16th season as the head coach.  Luther Mona, his assistant, has been with Barnard for six of the seasons.