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1985-1986 School Year
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1985-1986 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Jeff Johnson, Ricky, Thompson, Tom Hinkle, Coach Steve Haney, Coach Maurice Webert, Coach Al Howard, Corey Shilson, Matt Hennon, Scott Al-Najim. Second Row: Jim Swirtz, Markus Terrel, Christ Ellison, Nevin Taylor, Jeff Sworski, Monty Leon, Nate Lawrence, Keith Bizusky, Billy Scott. Third Row: Scott Kyllo, Craig Schletty, Jon Ammundson, Matt Bakkom, Dick Alm, John Ross, Jesse Dolinar, Mike Janson, Joe Hanson, Travis Rogers. Back Row: Terry Hederman, Paul Gullerson, Fred Acosta, Danny Joe Peterson, Jed Purple, Chris Coyour, Paul Napue, Allen Lewis.

“We had the ability to challenge (conference champion) Roosevelt,” said Head Coach Maurice Webert, as reported in the 1986 South Yearbook.  However, Injuries to key players and bad luck produced a record that did not accurately reflect the team’s ability.

South opened the season taking on the Millers of Washburn.  South defense played an almost perfect game and the Tigers won 20-6.

The Tigers then faced North in a close game.  The Polars pulled out the game 12-6.

South then played their Homecoming game against Southwest.  In an extremely close game, Southwest barely won 8-7.

South played in two more Homecoming games.  The first was at Edison.  The Tommies totally dominated the Tigers winning 52-0.  This was the fourth time in history that an opponent has scored at least 50 points against the Tigers.  The second Homecoming game was a 21-12 loss at Henry.

Conference champions, Roosevelt, finished the season with a 35-0 thrashing of the Tigers.  South was never in the game.

South played two non-conference games.  The first was a 14-0 loss to Duluth East.  The second was a 36-9 loss to Faribault.

South finished the season with a 1-5 record, tied for last place with Southwest in the conference.  Overall, the team was 1-7.  South had two members on the All-Conference squad: quarterback Rick Alm and running back Jesse Dolinar.

Probably the highlight of the year was a 42-yard field goal kicked by Paul Gullickson.  According to the 1986 South Yearbook, that was a school record.