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1981-1982 School Year
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1981-1982 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Paul Dixon, Kevin Hoglund. Second Row: Tony Stewart, Steve Huderle, Dan LaRonge, Dan Rose, Randy Howes, Paul Higgins, James Thurston, Tim Topitzhofer, Cory Hermann. Third Row: Joe Peltier, Leon Manger, Doug Harris, Dan Hogan, Coach Maurice Webert, Bob Schneider, Coach Don Sovell, Scott Kittleson, Coach Eric Magdanz, Randy Greeler, Coach Nate Anderson, Rich Romano, Barry Olson, Dan Zuriff, Dale Adams. Fourth Row: Mike Fredell, Don Peterson, Jeff Schuda, John Wagner, Dan Ungurian, Keith Hickey, Scott Jeffrey, Todd Jeffers, Jim White, Andre Epps. Back Row: Curt Givens, Tim Gullsrud, Jeff Scott, Rodney Lossow, Dave Lehman, Steve Crenshaw, Mike Wurzer, Steve LeBre, Craig Stevens.

With an experienced team returning, Head Coach Don Sovell and his assistants believed the Tigers would contend for the title this season.  The assistants were Nate Anderson, Eric Magdanz, Jon Neuman and Maurice Webert.

South opened the season against Southwest.  The Tigers played a complete game in winning 27-8. 

The Tigers worked hard in their game against Henry, but the Patriots had the lead at the end of the game 12-7.

Homecoming was early this season.  South’s opponent was the North Polars.  The Polars put up a good fight, but in the end, the Tigers pulled out a win, 13-12, and send the Tiger fans home happy.

The see-saw season continued with a loss to Roosevelt.  This may have been the most important game of the season.  Roosevelt shared the conference title.  South played hard and for the most part stopped the Teddies on offense.  A missed extra point gave the game to Roosevelt, 7-6.

South bounced back against West.  The team played a perfect defense in winning 24-0.

South had a letdown in the next two games.  Edison, who had a share of the conference title, won 37-6.  Washburn, the third team to tie for the conference title, destroyed the Tigers.  Washburn seemed to score at will, winning 55-13.  The 55 points allowed was the third most the Tigers ever gave up.

In the last game of the season, was against Central.  The Tigers bounced back and evened their record at 4-4.  The final score was 20-12.

South finished the season tied for fourth place with Central.  Four players were honored with placed on the All-Conference team.  Steve Crenshaw, Paul Dixon, Todd Jeffers, and Rodney Lossow all represent South.

After the season ended, the Minneapolis District announced the closing of four high schools, Central, Marshall-University, Vocational, and West. Although two of the schools moved out of the conference, going forward the conference would only have seven school.

Historically, South has a 31-40-8 record against Central.  Against Marshall, South was 22-8-5.                           Against Marshall-University, South is 3-3-0. South only played University once and the record was 1-0-0. South had a winning record against Vocational, 18-8-0. Finally, South also had a winning record against West 36-29-2.

Also after the season, Head Coach Don Sovell decided to resign as football coach.  His record for the nine years he led the Tigers was 23-49 in conference games.  His overall record was 23-52.