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1953-1954 School Year
1953-1954 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Student Managers R. Alm and W. Benson. Second Row: J. Fritz, R. Keavy, L. Alm, J. Mathews, E. Saugestad, G. Alm, N. Dahl, J. Westby, R. Mueller, R. McGinnis. Third Row: G. Westby, C. Lindley, J. Provo, R. Roberts, R. Evenson, W. Swedeen, E. Sanders, P. McMurtrie, J. Walsh, R. Haldeen, J. Mattison, G. Osum. Back Row: G. Schuffenhauer, D. Hargreaves, W. Holm, J. Terry, G. Johnsson, W. Richards, J. Michaels, J. Vesovich, G. Anderson, G. Kelly.

South began the 1953-1954 season with the goal of improving over the prior season.  The biggest improvement was the play of the line, which went from a mediocre group to a strong, powerful cog in the South Machine.

The season opener was against Southwest. The Tiger line worked hard, which allowed the offense to score seemingly at will.  South won their first game of the season 40-12.

Marshall and South played a tight game.  When one team scored, the other responded.  The final was a 19-19 tie.

Central took on South and delivered a blow to the Tigers’ chance at the title, beating up South 25-6.

Against North, neither team’s offense was able to get going.  Both defenses played a stellar game.  The game ended in South’s second tie of the season, 0-0.

South bounced back against Vocational with a 26-6 thrashing of the Volts, sending a Tiger Homecoming crowd to the dance joyful. 

Against West, South put up 14 points, but the defense let the team down and West won 19-14.

For the third time this season, South played a game to a tie.  This time, Edison was the opponent.  The final was 6-6.  The third tie of the season set a team record for most ties ever in a season.  The prior record was two, originally set in the 1918-1919 season.  It was matched three other times, most recently in 1935-1936 season.

South finished the season with a non-conference game against Sioux Falls, SD.  The South Dakotans destroyed the Tigers 46-7.

South finished the season in tied for fifth place with a 2-2-3 conference record.  They tied with Vocational who had a 3-3-1 record.  Overall, the Tigers were 2-3-3.  Gary Alm was named to the Second Team All-Conference squad.

South was again led by Lester Barnard.  His assistants were Al Pihlstrom, Walt Butterwick, and Jim Lushine.