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2000-2001 School Year
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2000-2001 Varsity Team Photo: Players names were not listed in the 2001 South Yearbook.

A lot was expected of the 2000-2001 Tiger football team.  Head Coach Al Howard, in his 13th year leading the Tigers, said the expectations were higher than normal.  To help with motivation and conditioning, Howard brought in Sgt. Flowers from the U.S. Army.  Howard believed that if the conditioning and motivation is successful for the Army, why would it not be successful for a sports team.

South opened the season against Henry.  The conditioning paid off when the Tigers slipped past the Patriots 26-25.

Another close game was played against Southwest.  Unfortunately, the results were not the same and the Lakers won 16-12.

Edison racked up the third most points against the Tigers in the following game winning 55-16.  The 55 points is tied for the third most. 

South travelled to Washburn to take on the Millers for their Homecoming.  The Millers continued opponent domination of the Tigers, winning 44-0.

South’s Homecoming was played against Roosevelt.  With many alumni looking on, the Tigers won 26-18.

For the second year in a row, South played New Prague.  And, for the second year, New Prague shut out the Tigers, this year by a 46-0 score.

The last game of the conference season was against North.  The Polars won easily 36-14.

In the Twin City Crossover game, South faced St. Paul Johnson.  The Governors also won easily 30-6.

South’s season came to an end against Cretin-Derham Hall in the Region tournament.  A 49-0 loss left the team with a bad taste to take into the off season.

The Tigers ended the season 2-4 in the conference, placing fifth.  Overall the team was 2-7.  Even though the team was not successful on the field, the players felt they became closer as a team.  Student manager, senior Jaren Warren was quoted in the 2001 South Yearbook as saying, “The real goal this season was to be closer as a team and accomplish a lot.”

Finally, after 13 years as head coach, Al Howard decided to step away.  Combined with his years as an assistant coach, Howard has been with the team for 17 years beginning with the 1984-85 season.  His conference record was 31-47.  Overall he was 38-76.  Howard’s teams won two conference titles.