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1935-1936 School Year
1935-1936 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Kelly, Held, Melberg, D. Johnson, Flick, Lischeid, Friedman, Skramstad. Second Row: Thompson, Nelson, Rohlen, Danielson, Pederson, Lampman, Howell. Third Row: Gaustad, Hawley, A. Johnson, Irgens, Russ, Newton, C. Johnson, Anderson. Back Row: Barnard, Ilstrup, Strand, Frederickson, Wallace, Smith, Riley, W. Carlson, Hollingsworth, Buckman, Steinke.

The 1935-36 football season took place in the middle of the Great Depression.  For many, money was scarce, so attending a football game was a very inexpensive way to be supportive and be entertained.  Coach Lester Barnard, beginning his eighth season as the leader of the Tiger footballers, became the head coach who led South the longest. Barnard and his top assistant, Ancil Ilstrip, welcomed two more men to help teach the Tigers the finer points of the game.  Mr. Buckman and Mr. Steinke added their skills to those of Barnard and Ilstrip.

South opened the season against North.  The Polars played the Tigers tough but South broke through and scored two touchdowns and won 14-0.

South and Marshall clashed in the next game.  The game turned into a defensive struggle.  Both teams defensive stymied their opponent.  In the end, neither team won.  The game ended in a 0-0 tie.

South and Washburn played another defensive-minded game.  Only one touchdown was scored in the game and that was by the Tigers.  South won 6-0.  The crowd was extra happy because it was also the Tigers’ Homecoming.

South and West also played a defense struggle.  South won 7-0.  In the four games South played, the opponents did not score a single point.

The defense continued to dominate the games.  Against Central, the final score was again 6-0.  This time, however, South was on the losing end of the game,

An extra point determined the results of the game against Edison.  Each team scored a touchdown.  South made the extra point while Edison did not, giving South a 7-6 win. 

South ended the season with their seventh straight defense game.  Like with Marshall, Roosevelt did not score, but neither did South.  The game ended with the second 0-0 tie of the season.

South finished the season with a 4-1-2 record, good for third place.  The defense held their opponents to a total of 12 points for the season, with five shut outs.