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1944-1945 School Year
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1944-1945 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: V. Anderson, G. Pullens, E. Bodine, J. Bloom, E. Seuert, J. Kissell, H. Peterson, R. Peterson. Second Row: J. Preston, H. Kastan, A. Kunde, B. Tomlinson, J. Levine, B. Howelis, D. Vatne, J. Foss, N. Anderson. Third Row: L. Benson, B. Anderson, R. Davis, J. Sjordal, E. Smith, W. Lennander, W. Charles, R. Johnson. Back Row: J. Wade, D. Johnson, E. Forslin, W. Wolden, K. Quist, A. Edling, G. Swanson, R. Koval, R. Krieg.

With the South community concerned over family and friends fighting in World War II, activities like football gave the community a little time to forget the sadness and worry that war brings.  Even though the community cared about those serving in the military, there was still a job to do at home.  That job, guiding the young men on the football team and helping them give a little joy to the community in a difficult time period, belonged to Lester Barnard and Luther Mona. 

With 11 teams now making up the conference, the schools would play either seven or eight conference games.  (South would only play seven conference games and one non-conference game.)

South opened the season against the team from Waterloo, IA.  South worked hard, limited the Waterloo team’s offense, and won 27-13.

The second game of the season, the first conference game, was history setting.  For the first time, two Minneapolis schools would play a game under the lights, at night!  South’s opponent for this historic evening was West.  Both teams played an excellent defensive game.  South came away with the 13-6 victory.

South’s defense reigned supreme against Edison.  The Tommies could not cross the goal line and South won against, 13-0.

South took on Roosevelt and worked over the Teddies, winning 33-6.

This win set up a possible championship game against Henry.  Henry, who has been in the league for just a few years, was undefeated, just like the Tigers.  Henry doubled up South 24-12, giving the Patriots sole possession of first place and dropping the Tigers into second place.

Homecoming was next. South hosted Washburn.  This was a defensive struggle with one point separating the teams when the final horn blew.  The 7-6 score gave the Tigers another win.

Southwest and South played an equally defense-minded game.  South was the favorite going into the game, but no one told Southwest.  The 7-6 score was the same as the previous game, but the result was not.  Southwest upset the Tigers.

The frustrations of losing the prior game were taken out on their final opponent, Marshall.  The defense blanked Marshall while the offense pile up the points in a 19-0 win.

Because of the two losses, South finished in third place, behind champion Henry and second place Central.  Central’s only loss was to Henry.  For the second year in a row, Bill McMoore was named to the All-City team.