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1973-1974 School Year
1973-1974 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: John Marr, Jeff Swenson, John Andrukso, Brian Larson, Fred Herby, Bob Roberts, Jim Gossman, Ron Anderson, Kevin Lacy. Second Row: Mike Rosenow, Talmadge, Nolen, Mike Billington, Bruce Marsh, Gordy Hermann, Jeff Book, Chris Manos, Jeff Berg, David Almond, Robin Olson. Third Row: Assistant Coach Bill Sommers, Mark Allen Bruce Hanson, David Shupe, Don Anderson, Randy Dyson, Jeff Rich, Jeff Flavin, Mike Marden Head Coach Don Sovell. Back Row: Assistant Coach Eric magdanz, Randy Blackdeer, Scott Smith, Steve Elam, Ralph Ulleberg, Chuck Vifquain, George Kiperts, Lee Chayer, Bill Gossman, Brian Wester, Tom Gerard.

A new era began at South as Don Sovell took over the leadership of the Tiger Football program.  Sovell has experience coaching almost every sport possible at various schools in the district. He hopes to bring a winning attitude back to the Tigers.

South took on the attitude of their new coach in the first game of the season against Marshall-University.  The Cardinals did not stand a chance against a defense that swarmed and an offense that moved the ball very well.  South won their first game of the season 34-6.

South’s next opponent, Henry, played a similar game to the Tigers.  Both teams scored in the first quarter, ending that period at a 7-7 tie.  Then the defenses took over.  Neither team scored in the second or third quarter. As the fourth quarter ended, the game was tied 7-7.  However, a new Minnesota State High School League rule said teams would play “overtime” until someone won.  This would be done by placing the ball at the 10 yard line.  Each team would have four downs (unless there were penalties which replayed downs) to score.  Both teams would have an equal set of downs.  The teams would continue until someone won the game. South had the ball first and did not convert.  Henry scored on their first possession and won 13-7.

South returned to the winning side of things against Vocational.  As in the first game, the defense controlled the Volts and the offense took advantage of Vocational mistakes.  South evened their record at 2-1, winning 20-6.

Central was up next and the Tigers could not compete with the Pioneers.  Central took command of the game and won 21-0.

South broke the back of North in the next game.  The Polars though they had a chance to win, but South score and won 7-0.

Injuries started to take its toll on the Tigers as the finished the season against three teams who finished ahead of them in the standings.  In a close game for South’s Homecoming, Edison barely beat the Tigers 6-0.  Champion Washburn showed why they deserved the title running up a 35-0 win.  South finished the season against Southwest, who also won 17-7.

The Tigers finished the season with a 3-5 record, tied with Marshall-University for sixth place.  Two seniors, linebacker Jeff Book and running back Chuck Vifquain, were named to the All-Conference team.

Coach Sovell was assisted by long-time coaches Bill Sommers and Maurice Webert.  Two new assistants were added to the coaching staff, Roy Hawkins and Bruce Santere.