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1912-1913 School Year
1912-1913 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: McHardy, Dean Warner. Second Row: Gerow, Crowley, Curtin, Baird, Gonnella, Clancy. Third Row: Farrell, Anderson, Coach Hawthorne, A. Eklund, Byers, C. Eklund. Back Row: Assistant Coach Low, Hilgendorf.

Everything seemed perfect when the 1912-1913 football season began.  Throughout the season, the team had great weather for games and crowds filled the bleachers.  All Head Coach William Hawthorne and his assistant, Arthur Low, had to do was transform the team into contenders. 

South opened City play on October 12 against Central.  South was pushed by Central.  South won the game 7-0, but Central’s pushing did not end when the final whistle blew.  After the game, Central protested the game.  South eventually was declared the winner.  However, South lost Leo Farrell, who suffered two fractured ribs in the game.

South then took on East.  Another tough game for the Tigers was given by East.  South again came out on top, shutting out East 10-0.

The next game was a battle of unbeaten, South and their crosstown foes, North.  South kicked off and the Polars took control of the ball on the 20 yard line.  Very quickly, North fumbled and the Tigers took control.  South settled for a drop kick goal for a 3-0 lead.  North then used two fake forward passes and a two yard touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead to end the second quarter.  In the second half, both teams fought hard, but neither could score.  The game could have ended at half time, because the final score was 7-3.  South would need help to capture of share of the title.

South had a few weeks off before playing their last game of the season. During this time, North ran their record to 3-0 with a win over East.  The Tigers last hope was Central.  North entered the game knowing they had a share of the title at the least, may have taken the Pioneers too lightly because Central stunned North and won 10-0.

With the North loss, the door was opened for South to claim a share of the title.  Their last game was against West.  South wanted a share of the title and worked hard to prepare for West, a team they did not take lightly.  From the opening whistle, South played hard and won 23-7.

South finished the season with a 3-1 record in the City Conference and tied with North for the title.  Five players were honored at the end of the season by the Minneapolis Tribune.  Crowley and Curtin were named first team All-City.  Anderson, Byers and Warner were named to the second team.