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1951-1952 School Year

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The Minneapolis Conference began a new tradition this season, playing a preview “game.”  Teams were divided into an East and West squad.  South played as part of the East squad.  South took the opening kick-off and marched to the North 16 yard line. The quarter ended and Edison took over.  Edison scored and the “East Squad” won 22-21.  This preview gave fans a glimpse of the strengths and weaknesses of the city schools.

South opened the season traveling to West.  West dominated the entire game with an accurate passing game.  The final score was 31-0.

Edison took an early lead in their game.  South attempted to score, but penalties on a long run by Marv Howe took away a scoring opportunity.  Edison turned that into points and won 13-0.

Against Roosevelt, it looked like the results would be the same as the first two game.  The Teddies led 6-0 at halftime.  Two spectacular touchdown runs, one by Marv Howe and the other by Roger Selchert, gave the Tigers their first win of the season at 12-6. 

Playing at Parade Stadium at night, Henry and South faced off in the conference game of the week.  The teams were tied 0-0 at halftime with both teams playing an equal game.  In the second half, Henry’s passing attack took apart the Tigers and Henry won 12-0.

South visited Washburn for the Miller’s homecoming game.  Washburn took an early lead, 13-0.  Selchert cut the lead to 13-6 on a touchdown run.  The Tigers tied the game on Selchert’s second touchdown run and extra point.  The game ended in a 13-13 tie.

Southwest dominated the Tigers in the next game.  The final score was 39-6.  South’s only score came late in the fourth quarter when Stan Baker carried the ball into the end zone for a touchdown.

South took on Marshall for the Tigers’ homecoming game.  Teams traded touchdowns.  The score was tied at 14.  Late in the fourth quarter, Baker hit Howe with a pass good for 75 yards and a touchdown.  The extra point was good and the Tigers won 21-14.

South ended the season against Central, who dominated the game and shut out the Tigers 20-0.

The Tigers finished the season with a 2-5-1 record, in eighth place.  Lineman George Kurilla was named to the second team All-Conference squad.

For the 24th year, Lester Barnard led the Tigers.  He has assisted by Al Pihlstrom, who was in his third year, and four first-year coaches, A. Brekke, Walt Butterwick, A. Groff, B. Marconett.