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1968-1969 School Year
1968-1969 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: B. Corgan, B. Lawson, D. Lundeen, J. Rea, G. Ramirez, E. Eibon, D. Erickson, J. Halvorson, R. Gallagher, C. White, S. Rhodes, B. Scott. Second Row: J. Pyche, T. Sundahl, L. Videen, J. Lodden, J. Hovey, T. Carlson, K. Nutter, S. Forsberg, D. Rogers, T. Eagen, S. Eide, S. Cameron, D. Winston, W. Zumberge, L. Wagner. Back Row: S. Roberts, R. Tishmack, K. Hardeman, T. Nelson, D. Neilson, K. Johnson, J. Hardeman, D. Paultz, G. Cizadlo, T. Knoblough, F. Duda, J. Borodine, D. Landon, D. Eidsvoog.

The 1968-1969 football season was one of great disappointment.  The team hoped to rebound after an injury-riddled 1967-1968 season.  Injuries did play a part of the disappointment, but so did the lack of size.  At time, the South line was out-weighed by more than 40 pounds!

South began the season with a close game against Vocational.  The defense help up, allowing only one score.  Unfortunately, that was one more than the Tigers.  Vocational won 7-0.

South took on a “new” team in the conference, Marshall-University.  This “new” team is a combination of two Minneapolis schools, Marshall and University.  University High School, which was a Minneapolis school, played in the Tri-Metro conference and was an experimental school co-sponsored by the Minneapolis district and the University of Minnesota.  This new team defeated the Tigers 13-3.

Henry was the next opponent of the Tigers.  South improved on offense, but the defense sputtered and Henry won 24-6.

South’s Homecoming was the next game.  The opponent, Central.  The defense rose to the occasion and shut out the Pioneers.  South managed one score and won 6-0.  The last time South won a Homecoming game was in the Fall of 1961.

As the injuries piled up, so did the losses.  Southwest won 14-0.  Missed extra points cost the Tigers their game with West, 13-12.  Two shut outs ended the season.  Roosevelt won 21-0 and Edison was victorious by a 19-0 score.

The Tigers finished 1-7, tied with Vocational for last place in the conference. 

Jim Haugen was the head coach for the sixth year.  He was assisted by Richard Kormanik, Eric Magdanz, Mr. G. Roscoe and Maurice Webert.