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1919-1920 School Year
1919-1920 Varsity Team Photo: Players names were not listed in the 1920 South Yearbook.

With eight returning lettermen, South began the 1919-20 football season with hopes of winning the conference title. South hired Evan O. Williams to coach the team this season.  Williams was a star player for Carleton College. 

South opened the season against Dunwoody Institute in grand fashion.  The Tigers demolished Dunwoody 40-0.

The next game of the season was against St. Paul Mechanic Arts.  South took the opening kick-off and drove the length of the field, controlling the game.  They were stopped on downs at the three-yard line.  Mechanic Arts took over and stalled.  They prepared to punt and South broke through the line and tackled the punter for a safety.  South scored a touchdown that was called back because of an offside call.  The second quarter started with a touchdown pass to Nodell.    This gave the Tigers a 9-0 lead, which was the final score.

South played East for their first conference game. This was one of the roughest games in recent years because the many penalties.  South received five penalties for 60 yards and East was penalized four time for 45 yards.  The first half was scoreless.  This continued into the third quarter, when South finally broke through.  Swanson ran in a touchdown which was set up by a long pass caught by St. Denis.  Moments later, Swanson intercepted a pass, which set up Gagnon’s score a few plays later, giving South a 12-0 win.

South won their fourth game, against West.  This may have been the best game of the season played by South.  The Tigers scored twice in the first quarter.  The scoring began when Cleve intercepted a pass and returned it about 50 yards for a touchdown.  A few moments later, Swanson duplicated Cleve’s feat when he intercepted a pass and ran it back for a score.  South continued scoring in the second quarter when Cleve hit Swanson for a touchdown pass.  Gagnon ran a third interception back in the fourth quarter to end South’s scoring.  West added a late touchdown, making the final score 26-6.

October 24 would be the day the conference title was decided.  South took on Central.  Both teams were undefeated, and the winner would claim the title.  In the first quarter, the game was played in the middle of the field, with neither team taking an advantage.  In the second quarter, the Tigers marched to Central’s 20 yard line, where a drop kick by Swanson failed.  Central then took the ball and marched down the field and scored on a pass.  In the second half, both teams battled but neither team gained an advantage.  Central won the game 6-0 and the championship.

South ended the season against North.  After the disappointing loss to Central, the game against North would have no bearing on where South would finish in the standings.  There was no score at the end of the first quarter.  South shocked North when Swanson plunged through the line and kept going for a 60 yard touchdown run.  In the third quarter, Cleve intercepted a forward pass an returned it 50 yards for a touchdown.  North’s only score of the game came in the last quarter.  The final score was South 13, North 6.

South finished the season 5-1 overall, with a 3-1 conference record good for second place.  Ten players were honored by the various newspapers with All-Conference honors.  Those honored were Frank Cleve, Engen, Gross, Hjalmer Lodmill, Mark Matthews, Rasmussen, Raymond Sieverson, Skobba, Charles St. Denis, and Carl Swanson.