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1947-1948 School Year
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1947-1948 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: A. Treanor, R. Andeson, J. Quist, L. Martinson, R. Erskine, E. Suttle. Second Row: R. McLeod, D. Elson, G. Johnson, R. Howells, V. Smith, C. Rosen, N. Lortis, J. Watroba, L. Balzer, D. Peterson. Third Row: F. Anderson, R. Larson, A. Bine, R. Anderson, D. Swanson, D. Forsberg, J. Trunk, F. Koktavy, A. Melhus. Back Row: Coach Barnard. T. Linquist, R. Feely, R. Morrow, T. Allison, D. Semans, D. Hart, B. Gustafson.

The 1947-48 football season began with a shock.  The Tigers were expecting to be one of the powers in the conference.  That idea seemed to crash in the first game.  The Tigers played Edison.  Edison was considered one of the teams that would finishes in the middle of the pack.  The Tommies shocked the Tigers and won 13-6.

This loss propelled the South football team into realizing that wins would not just be given to the team.  The Tigers had to work hard for them.  South did this when they played Roosevelt.  South worked hard and won 20-7.

Henry was the next opponent to feel the wrath of the Tigers.  The South defense blanked the Patriots and the offense scored three times.  The final was 19-0.

Against Washburn, the defense let up a bit, but the offense saved the day and the Tigers won their third game of the season, 20-13.

For Homecoming, Southwest was the Tigers’ next victim.  South won 13-6.  This was followed by a win against Marshall, 6-0.

Central, who was undefeated, was South’s next opponent.  South took the lead and never turned back and won 27-6. South should be in first place.  However, they were ½ game behind West.  South and West would not play during the season.

The last week of the season saw South take on North, for the Polars’ Homecoming.  North gave the Tigers a tough game, the closest game of the season.  North scored two touchdowns.  South scored three touchdowns and won 18-14.  The Tigers were set to claim second place, however, news arrived that the impossible happened.  Central defeated West, giving the conference title to the Tigers.  South finished with a 7-1 record, while Central and West finished ½ game behind at 6-1 each!

Because South won the title, the took on St. Paul Murray, the St. Paul  City champions for the Twin City title.  The game hinged on the defenses.  Both teams worked hard, but in the end, the Tigers won 12-6!

The championship gave Head Coach Lester Barnard his eighth city title in his 20 years leading the Tiger program.  With the balance in the conference, only one Tiger was named to the All-City team, Jim Olund.