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1957-1958 School Year
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1957-1958 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Haegle, Madson, Nolan, McClure, Evan, Ferguson, Mike McClure, C. Puckett, Keavy, Ostrom. Second Row: Coach Lester Barnard, Hauser, Baardson, Germain, Olson, Treptow, R. Puckett, Pautz, Billups, Schroeder, Assistant Coach Pihlstrom. Row 3: Poston, Jackson, Anderson, Kmit, Thompson, Revak, Becker, Hansen, McNurlin, Assistant Coach Haugen. Back Row: Garin, Faxvog, Eller, Held, Shelton, Metzig, Flanagan, Pollard, Gable, Isaccason, Van Canneyt.

The season began with the knowledge that this would be Head Coach Lester Barnard’s 30th and last season as the leader of the South football program.  The players wanted to make this a memorable one for their leader.

South began with a sound victory over Vocational.  The defense played superbly and the offense took advantage of Vocational’s errors.  The final score was 26-0.

Southwest was up next and the Tigers did not let up.  The offense against racked up 26 points and the defense only let in one touchdown.  The final was 26-6.

The toughest game of the season was against Washburn.  Washburn their only game of the season to the Tigers 13-6.  The offensive star was Rich Revak who carried Miller tacklers carry after carry as he ran for first downs.  He was named Back of the Week.  Walt Billups led the defense in limiting the Millers to only once score.

The next game was Homecoming, and the Tigers wanted to make it special for their retiring coach.  South won the game, but not on the field.  North forfeited the game because of Asian Flu.  Because of a lack of players, the Polars forfeited.  After the Homecoming program,  the JV team took on the varsity. 

South took on Central and continued their winning ways.  South piled up the points en route to a 33-12 win.

The speed of Mike McClure confused Marshall in a very close game.  The Cardinals miss of an extra point gave the game to the Tigers 7-6.

The last game of the season was against West.  West was 3-3-1 going into the game and everyone expected South to win easily.  Unfortunately, no one told that to West.  In a major upset, West won 26-18!

South finished the season tied for first place with Washburn.  Both team were at 6-1. With the tie, the conference coaches selected South to represent Minneapolis in the Twin City game because South did defeat Washburn earlier in the season.

Representing Minneapolis, South took on St. Paul Central.  Central took an early lead, but the Tigers roared back and captured the Twin City Title 25-19.

South placed three players on the All-Conference squad.  Phil Evans and Jerry Ferguson were both named to the first team.  Richard McDonald was named to the second team.  Ferguson was also named the Most Valuable Player in the City Conference as well as All-State.  Evans was an All-State Honorable Mention.

Lester Barnard finished his 30 year coaching career tied with Joseph Markley of Central as the longest tenured coach in Minneapolis Football History.  Markey set the record when he retired after the 1953-1954 season. (This record would be broken by Peter Guzy of Edison in 1966 who coached 32 years.)

During his tenure at South, Barnard won NINE conference championships.  His teams went 5-1 in Twin City Championship games.  In conference games, Barnard’s teams’ record was 135-65-14. Overall his record was 147-69-14.