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1958-1959 School Year
1958-1959 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Olson, McClure, Brechler, Madsen, Nolen, McDonald, Thomson, P. Sullivan, Hanson, Metzig, Becker, J. Pautz. Second Row: Saterbo, Anderson, Eagen, J. Sullivan, B. Schuffenhauer, Logan, Flanigan, R. Schuffenhauer, McNurlin, Elphick, R. Pautz. Third Row: Predvichny, Aleckson, J. Magdanz, Schanke, Pederson, E. Magdanz, Faxvog, Alm, Huseby, Woodward. Back Row: Garin, Cunnington, Assistant Coach Pihlstrom, Head Coach Butterwick, Assistant Coach Haugen, Assistant Coach Lushine, Assistant Coach McMoore, Wolfe, Puckett, Mayor, Dykes, Skogman.

A new era began at South for the 1958-1959 football season.  Awaiting the players was a new head coach.  This was something that has not happened at South for 30 years.  Walt Butterwick, an assistant for the last seven years, took over from Lester Barnard.  Jim Haugen, Jim Lushine and Al Pihlstrom were joined by 1944 South graduate Bill McMoore as assistant coaches.  Mc Moore was a two-time all-conference player. Pihlstrom was in his 10th season as an assistant coach.

South opened the season against Edison.  Gene Metzig scored on a reverse to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead.  Late in the second half, a Bill Brechler pass to Dick McDonald ended the scoring.  South won 12-0.

South took on Roosevelt at Parade Stadium.  South led 13-6 with about four minutes remaining.  The Teddies scored two quick touchdowns and won 18-13.

Henry was the next opponent.  Marv McClure ran 38 yards on the first play from scrimmage for a touchdown.  Brechler added two more touchdowns for the Tigers, giving South a 19-13 win.

South returned to Parade Stadium to take on Washburn.  Parade Stadium must hold bad luck for the Tigers.  For the second time this season, South took a lead into the last minutes of the game and lost it.  The final score was 26-20.

South returned home to take on Southwest for the Tigers’ Homecoming.  The Tigers led 7-6 going into the fourth quarter.  With 30 seconds left in the game, Southwest scored giving them a 13-7 win and dampening the spirits of the Homecoming crowd.

Against Marshall, South took a 6-0 lead when Pat Sullivan scored on a reverse late in the first quarter.  Marshall countered and took a 7-6 lead.  Brechler scored from the one-half yard line giving the Tigers a 13-7 win.

The Central-South game was the closest game of the season.  Both teams scored three touchdowns.  The difference in the game was the foot of Ron Thomson who made all three extra points for the Tigers, where the Central kicker missed one of his three.  South won 21-20.

South finished the season against North.  Marv McClure went up the middle for two early touchdowns.  Brechler opened the second half with an 85-yard touchdown run.  South finished the scoring with a Brechler to McDonald pass.  The final was a 26-13 South victory.

South finished the season with a 5-3 record and third place in the conference.  Two players, Bill Brechler and Dick McDonald, were named to the All-Conference squad.  Brechler was also named to the All-State team.