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1930-1931 School Year
1930-1931 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Elmer Conlon, Willard, Hanley, Roy Cleve, Vernon Alm, Spencer Wagnild, Jensen, Robert Holmes, Norman Serigstad. Back Row: Mr. Barnard, John Marren, Held, Charles Prokofieff, William McCloud, Clint Markuson, Connolly, Eugene Clark, Leonard Velander, Ness

The two-time defending champions took to the field to try and may it three titles in a row at the start of the 1930-1931 season.  Coach Lester Barnard, in his third year as head coach, and the Tigers brought a 15 game conference winning streak into the season.

The team opened their defense against Wasburn.  The Millers were no match for the Tigers.  South started out with a touchdown run by Lloyd Connolly in the first quarter.  Connolly added a second touchdown in the second quarter, extending their lead to 14-0.  Connolly scored for a third time and the lead extended to 21-0.  John Marren scored right before halftime, but the kick failed giving the Tigers a 27-0 lead at halftime.  Neither team scored in the second half. The Tigers won their first game of the season, and 16th in the conference.

Roosevelt pushed the Tigers to the limits in the second game.  South scored the first touchdown of the game.  Coach Barnard, believing this game would be much like the first pulled his regulars to give other players some experience.  Roosevelt took the ball and moved to the Tiger three-yard line, but failed to score, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead at halftime.  Roosevelt tied the game in the second half on a brilliant run by their quarterback.  South then took the lead on a long Connolly to Jay Donahue pass.  The Tigers won again 13-7.

According to the yearbook, South did not have its usual pep and drive when they played West.  The Tigers scored first, when Clint Markuson plunged over the line for a touchdown in the second quarter.  The extra point was missed, however, that is all the scoring South needed winning their third game, this time by a close 6-0. The city winning streak was now at 18.

South continued their winning ways against Central.  South scored in the second quarter after Central fumbled on its 13-yard line. A few plays later Connolly ran in for a touchdown.  Connolly then hit Willard Hanley for a second touchdown.  The woes continued for Central as Roy Cleve blocked a punt and Norman Serigstad recovered the ball and ran it in for a touchdown.  After halftime, Central started moving the ball, but Hanley intercepted the ball and ran it back 90 yards for another touchdown. The fifth touchdown was scored when William McCloud fell on a fumble in the Central end zone.  Central eventually scored, but it was too late and the Tigers won 34-6

South continued piling up the points when they took on Edison.  South scored twice on blocked punts.  Edison then scored to make the score 14-7.  That was the closest the game would be.  Connolly added two touchdowns, giving the Tigers a 32-7 win.  This was 20th consecutive conference win.

South took on North in the second-to-the-last game of the season.  This game was close, with the first half ending in a 0-0 tie.  North’s best defensive player was hurt in the second half, giving an opening to the Tigers.  Marren scored the first points of the game when he returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown.  North then fumbled on their one-yard line with South recovering.  Markuson plunged through the line for the second score, giving South a 14-0 win, their sixth of the season and 21st in a row.  The win also sealed the conference title for the third straight season.

South finished the season with their homecoming game against Marshall.  Marshall scored first, intending to spoil the Tigers festive day. Marshall took a 7-0 lead into halftime.  South worked hard in the second half.  Connolly completed a long pass to Donahue to set up a run.  Connolly scored but the extra point was missed.  Marshall’s lead was cut to 7-6. South again began moving the ball.  It was advanced to the Marshall 10-yard line, but time ran out before South could score, giving Marshall a one-point win and snapping their winning streak which spanned parts of four seasons.