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2017-2018 School Year
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Front Row: Jibril Mohammed, Clayton Feriancek, Abdirahman Mursal, Zekriah Chaudhry, Demetrius Gladney, Clinton Mosley III, Shaun Lumbar, Michael, Werner, Dakari Oats, Jason Lewis, Antonio Haskell, Sterling Robinson, Elycia Willis. Row 2: Heron Francis, Shoueib Ahmed Nataera Hordofa, Chris Parshall, Quinnlan Woodberry, Tre Thompson, Josiah Lossow, Brian Avre, Dorrayn Tapplin, Kodiak Shipquist, Tom Isebrand, Yahye Mohamed Row 3: Zadok Rolfzen, Kejela Ansha, Hans Christopherson, Jamal Mursal, Brennan Miklos, Merlyn Torres Harper, Head Coach Rodney Lossow, Sylence McKinnie, Quentin Wolf, Malik Moton, Jadin Decora, Riley Kent, Ivan Ayala. Back Row: Assistant Coach Jeff Buszta, Sharrod Longs, Jr., Kader Diop, Darius Spearman, Demetrius Seay, Assistant Coach Terrence Roberts, Owen Solberg, Daniel Avre, Quentin Wolf, Fakir Mohamed, Joseph Johnson, Cedric McKinley. Not Pictured: Mohamed Hanshi, Joey Erickson, Andrew Thoraldson, Assistant Coach Ernest Sutton, Assistant Coach Brian Avre, Sr., Assistant Coach Ernest Tucker, Assistant Coach Paul Nettles

As a news season begins, so does a new era.  A new coaching staff, led by South graduate Rodney Lossow, knew they had their work cut out for them.  Last season was filled with turmoil, which ended with a 0-9 record.  Lossow took over the team midway through last season as interim coach and was hired in December to be the permanent coach. 

The Tigers opened their season against defending Class A champion North. The game started with the Polars scoring the first two touchdowns.  South tallied a score on a 47-yard pass from Josiah Lossow to Demetrius Gladney, and the Tigers were in the game at 14-6.  The roof then collapsed on the Tigers when North scored 40 unanswered points, all on big plays.  With the score 54-0 at halftime, the Tigers could have quit, but they came back and shut out the Polars in the second half.  Three players shined on defense with six tackles each, Lossow, Michael Werner and Quinnlan Woodberry.  Woodberry and Tre Thompson also sacked the Polar quarterback.  With the toughest game of the season out of the way, the Tigers looked to improve and get in the win column.

South fared better in the second game of the season, against Breck.  Breck scored in the first quarter to take an 8-0 lead.  They added to their score with a field goal and a touchdown to go up 17-0.  The Tigers, on a 35-yard pass from Josiah Lossow to Demetrius Gladney cut the score to 17-7.  The first half ended with a 30 yard touchdown run by Breck to increase their lead to 24-7. 

The only scoring in the third quarter was on a safety when a penalty was called on South in the end zone.  Breck added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make the final score 39-7.

The Tigers kept improving, taking more small steps in their game against St. Anthony.  The Huskies scored twice in the first quarter taking a 15-0 lead.  Only once did they score in the second quarter, making the score 23-0.  Two third quarter touchdowns ended the Husky scoring and game St. Anthony a 37-0 lead.  South’s lone score was a 10-yard touchdown pass from Lossow to Malik Moton.  Chris Parshall added the extra point for a 37-7 final score.

South travelled to St. Paul Harding to celebrate their homecoming.  Neither team had won a game so far this season.  Harding scored first, taking an 8-0 lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass.  The first quarter ended with Harding leading 8-0. The second quarter belonged to South.  Brian Avre scored on a three-yard run.  The two-point conversion failed and the Tigers were only down 8-6.  Chris Parshall added a 2-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 9-8 lead at halftime.  South continued dominating Harding in the third quarter.  Lossow scored on a one-yard run.  That was followed by a 45-yard touchdown pass from Lossow to Demetrius Gladney. At the end of the third quarter the score was South 24, Harding 8.  South put the icing on the cake in the fourth quarter.  The Lossow to Gladney connection was successful for a second time, with Gladney scoring on a 93-yard touchdown pass!  Harding added a 7-yard run, but that was countered by Avre with a 25-yard run for the last score of the game.  The final was 38-16.  South broke the longest football losing streak in the school’s history, having lost the previous 18 games.  The defense sacked the Harding quarterback EIGHT times!  Lossow threw for 275 yard, and ran for 75 more.  Avre ran for 15 yard.  At the end of the game, the players gave Head Coach Rodney Lossow a “Gatorade bath” pouring the ice water over him in celebration. 

The next opponent was St. Paul Como Park.  Como dominated the first quarter, racking up 28 points.  They added two more touchdowns in the second quarter.  South scored between those to on a two-yard run by Lossow.  The halftime score was 41-6.  Como scored once each in the last two quarters.  South added two scores in the fourth quarter.  Lossow hit Dorryan Tappplin for a five-yard pass.  Lossow then connected with Kodiak Shipquest on a 39-yard score.  The Tigers had four chances to scores another touchdown with time running out but could not convert.  The final score was 52-18.

Columbia Heights came to South to take on the Tigers on a rainy, cold, afternoon.  The Tigers played a close game until the rain stopped.  The Highlanders too advantage of South mistakes and ran up a 33-0 win.

Old-time conference foe Edison came to help South celebrate Homecoming.  On a sunny, warm afternoon, the Tigers and Tommies fought hard.  South took a 7-0 lead on a five-yard touchdown run by Kodiak Shipquist.  In the second quarter, Edison closed the gap to 7-6.  South then scored on a 45-yard pass from Josiah Lossow to Demetrius Gladney.  The extra point was unsuccessful and South led 13-6 at halftime.  South took control of the game in the third quarter.  Lossow ran seven yards for a touchdown.  A pass from Lossow to Sylence McKinnie made the score 21-6.  Clinton Mosley III then ran for a 40-yard touchdown and the Tigers led 28-6.  Following an Edison touchdown, South recorded a safety when the Edison quarterback fumbled the ball in the end zone with the fumble being recovered and downed by an Edison player.  The score to end the third quarter was 30-14.  South added one more score, a 43-yard pass from Lossow to Brian Avre.  Edison added two late scores.  South won their Homecoming game 37-28.

In the last game of the season, South and St. Agnes clashed at Concordia University.  After a scoreless first half, St. Agnes scored in the second to lead at halftime 7-0.  The South defense continued to stymie the St. Agnes offense.  However, South’s offense could not get moving either.  There was no scoring in the third quarter.  With just over seven minutes remaining, Clinton Mosely III ran 53 yards for a touchdown.  South went for the two-point conversion, and was stopped.  South trailed 7-6 with time running out.  The Tiger defense then took over, holding St. Agnes to only four down and forcing a St. Agnes punt with about six minutes remaining.  On the ensuing drive, Josiah Lossow connected Demetrius Gladney on a short pass.  After receiving the ball, Gladney weaved through the St. Agnes defense, turned on the speed and raced 49 yards for a touchdown.  Again South tried the two-point conversion and was successful when Mosley crossed the goal line.  South led 14-7.  After the kickoff, St. Agnes started to march down the field, but the South defense again held.  St. Agnes was stopped with just over a minute to play when Kodiak Shipquist intercepted the ball.  South took over, but St. Agnes, using their time outs, stopped the Tigers.  With about 30 seconds to play, South had a fourth and one.  Attempting to draw St. Agnes offsides, the Tigers jumped and were penalized.  St. Agnes sent everyone in an attempt to block Chris Parshall’s punt.  Parshall’s punt went 31 yards and rolled out of bounds.  St. Agnes had one last shot, but two penalties moved the moved the team back to the 18.  South’s Malik Moton intercepted the St. Agnes pass and sealed a 14-7 victory.

South was seeded sixth in the Section 4AAAA tournament, thus facing Fridley in the first round of the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Fridley overpowered South, winning 49-0.  The bright spot in the game was punter Chris Parshall, who kicked three over 50 yards, including a booming 77 yard punt!

The following were given awards at the end of the season banquet.  Michael Werner, Josiah Lossow, Kodiak Shipquest and  Dakari Oats were recognized as captains.  Five seniors were honored because they played all four seasons for the Tigers.  They were Werner, Oats, Shaun Lumbar, Zekriah Chaudrey and Jason Lewis.  Elycia Willis was recognized for being the second female to play on the Tiger football team.  Demetrius Gladney and Lossow were named to the All-District squad, and Quinnlan Woodberry, Tre Thompson, Brian Avre and Shipquist were named Honorable Mention All-District.  Werner was named the All-District “Why We Play” award winner. Defensive Player of the Year was Brian Avre.  Offensive Player of the Year was Demetrius Gladney.  Most Improved Player was Michael Werner.  The Tiger Award was given to Josiah Lossow.