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1894-1895 Season

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In the Fall of 1894, something special took the South High Community by storm.  There was a new activity occupying the time of the young men……..Football!  For the first time in schools history, South would sponsor an athletic team.  Other sports would eventually follow, but football was the first. Amazingly, there has been found information about that first season.

South took to the field for the first time on September 28, 1894.  Their opponent was Central.  Central has been fielding a team since the fall of 1891, the first Minneapolis school to sponsor any sport.  The South student body showed up to support their schoolmates.  With Central’s experience no one expected South to win this game, but they were in the game until the end.  However, Central did not win either!  The first South football game ended in a 0-0 tie!

South and Central played about one month later for the second time.  Like in the first game, South was considered the underdog.  South played hard and even scored!  Central also worked hard.  The final was 8-8.  Two ties in two games for South.

South then took on Northfield, the site of the famous James Gang Bank Robbery.  South again played tough and tied Northfield, 6-6.

South earned their first ever win on November 3, 1894 against Mankato.  South played a magnificent game, shutting out Mankato 20-0.

Their next opponent was the State Agricultural School and South had their way with the men from the state school.  The final was 42-0!

The last game of the season was played against St. Paul Central.  Both teams dug in hard and worked for points, but both defenses were stingy.  South eventually came out on top 20-10.

The first football season was a success for South, compiling a 3-0-3 record.  South was declared the best team in the city.