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1971-1972 School Year
1971-1972 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: S. Richards, D. Anderson, T. Bolles, R. Roberts, D. Olson, D. Hammer, B. Wester, J. Book, L. Chayer, C. Vifquain, R. Anderson, W. Schneibel. Middle Row: L. Klunenberg, D. Gardner, D. Drennen, T. Skinaway, M. Angell, J, Harding, J. Herberg, C. Colling, D. Westlund, M. Lyons, M. Bice, S. Laforge, J. Austin, M. Carlson, Back Row: M. Longhofer, P. Gonzales, R. Hoyhtya, A. Kissel, J. Elles, R. Rogers, M. Nault, G. Ruhl, S Schoenecker, P. Brown, D. Laughlin, B. Johnson, T. Marden, P. Vetsch, B. King.

The 1971-1972 football season was one of major disappointment.  A lack of big plays and inability to hold leads led to a season of losses. 

The opening game of the season was against Edison.  Edison led after the first quarter 7-0.  In the second quarter, South marched 60 yards and scored on a three-yard run by Paul Gonzalas.  A Dan Laughlin to Charles Collins pass gave the Tigers an 8-7 lead.  On the first play of the third quarter, Edison took the lead 14-8.  South recaptured the lead on a 63-yard pass to Gary Ruhl to lead 15-14.  South lost the game when they fumbled on the Edison 45 yard line and the Tommies recovered the ball and ran it in for a 55 yard score.  The final was 22-15.

South played Washburn and the Millers controlled the game from the start and won 21-0.

Homecoming was the next game for South.  Their opponent was West.  As with Edison, Tigers had a lead but could not hold it.  The Homecoming crowd went home saddened because of a 24-19 loss.

The Tigers had the lead against Southwest and could not hold it again.  Southwest won 27-15. This trend continued in the next two games.  The Tigers had the lead in the game against Roosevelt, but the Teddies took control and won 35-15.  Vocational Also came back and took their game with the Tigers 30-14.

South did manage to maintain the lead in one game, against Marshall-University.  South won their only game of the season, shutting out M-U 20-0.

The last game of the season was against Henry.  The Patriots took the lead and never turned back. They won 40-6.

South finished the season 1-7 in tenth place.  Only Marshall-University finished below the Tigers.  Mark Nault was named to the All-Conference team for his excellent play. 

Jim Haugen led the Tigers for the ninth season.  He was assisted by Richard Kormanic, Eric Magdanz, Ron Petrich, Bill Sommers and Maurice Webert.