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1972-1973 School Year
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1972-1973 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: B. Larson, D. Hammer, D. Olsen, S. LaForge, T. Mirelez, J. Book, D. Westlund, T. Bolles, R. Anderson, T. Skinaway, M. Carson. Middle Row: M. Lyond, B. Wester, J. Harding, G. Kipperts, J. Herberg, D. Drennen, B. King, L. Chayer, M. Marden, T. Marden, R. Roberts, J. Rich, M. Billington. Back Row: D. Laughlin, W. Schneibel, B. Gossman, D. Gardner, C. Vifquain, B. Hanson, M. Angell, C. Colling, B. Marsh, J. Franklin. M. Allen, R. Olson, M. Bice, J. Marr.

Informal practice started in August as player participated in “captain’s practice.”  A week later, the real practiced with coaches began.  The players refer to the first week with coaches as “Hell Week,” The players practiced twice a day learning plays and becoming conditioned.  The South Yearbook describes the practice as, “Sit-ups, running, push-ups, running, crabbing, running, rolling, fumble recovery practice, and still more running.”  This turned the Tigers into a disciplined team.

South played one quarter in the preview against Henry and won 3-0.

South opened the season against Vocational.  The Tigers played a complete game and won easily 27-14.

Central took the Tigers apart, winning 20-0.

The next game was a defensive struggle.  South and North played great defense.  Neither offense managed to score, and the game ended in a 0-0 tie.

Edison managed to shut out the Tigers and won 20-0.

Washburn, the defensing State Champion, was next on the schedule.  They came to South for the Tigers’ Homecoming.  Fans were sure a win was coming.  South scored and took a 6-0 lead giving the fans hope for an upset.  Washburn then retaliated with 28 straight points and won 28-6.

South played West and lost their fourth game, 28-7.

South came to life against Southwest.  The Tigers took advantage of errors and won 23-6.

The last game was against arch-rivals Roosevelt.  The Tigers totally controlled the game and won 28-6.

The Tigers finished 3-4-1 in conference in seventh place.  No one was named to the All-Conference squad.

Head Coach Jim Haugen announced this was his last season as Tiger Head Coach.  Only the legendary Lester Barnard coached more seasons. (Two coaches later passed Mr. Haugen.  Al Howard who coached for 13 seasons and Lenny Sedlock who coached for 16 season.)  If you include the six season Haugen was an assistant coach, he had been with the Tiger Football Program a total of 16 years.

Assisting Haugen were Eric Magdanz, Bill Sommers and Maurice Webert.