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1974-1975 School Year
1974-1975 Varsity Team Photo: Bob Ellingson, Jim Dalbey, Jeff Berg Jeff Swenson, Dave Almond, Chuck Wilderson, Mark Passon, Rich Oakley, Henry Gomez, Scott Hanson. Second Row: Jim Gossman, Paul Gerard, Dave Rosenow, Phil Schweizer, Steve Baker, Allen Quigley, Spencer Whitefeather, Chuck Emerson, Larry LaCroix, Tony Sargent. Back Row: Lee Chayer, Assistant Coach Bill Sommers, Brett Anderson, Clark Messenbrink, Mark Gibney, Scott Smith, Dan Nelson, Randy Blackdeer, Tim Costello, Tom Gerard, Gerald Reed, Assistant Coach Dave Bross, Tony Poliseno, Head Coach Don Sovell.

The 1974-1975 football season was one of bad luck.  Quarterback Lee Chayer separated a shoulder during practice and was lost for the season.  Tony Sargent and Rich Furry also were injured and lost for the season.  These three were important cogs in the Tiger plan.  That meant other had to step up.  Head Coach Don Sovell did the best with inexperienced players.  Also, two schools, Vocational and Marshall-University, left the Minneapolis Conference.  Vocational because an alternative school and adult vocational school.  Marshall-U joined the Tri-Metro conference because of its small size.

Despite having a new quarterback, South’s offense put on a show in their first game.  However, the defense did not play as well and the Tigers lost 35-20.

Washburn, who finished the season tied for third, manhandled the Tigers.  South could not get their offense going and Washburn seemed to score at will.  The final was 49-0.

Things did not get easier for the Tigers.  Next up was arch-rival Roosevelt, who finished tied with Washburn.  South played well, but in the end fell 16-7. 

South played Central next.  Central, who finished last in the conference, was no match for the Tigers.  South won 21-0.

South stepped out of the conference and played St. Cloud Tech.  The team from central Minnesota won easily 33-6.

Co-champion Edison was next.  This was South’s Homecoming.  South showed some spunk but fell 27-7.

Henry, who finished in a three-way tied for fifth place, beat the Tigers 36-8. 

South neared the end of the season against Co-Champion Southwest.  As you could guess, South lost again, 34-6.

The season mercifully ended against North.  Like the last five games, South was not competitive and lost 28-0.

South finished the season with a 1-7 conference record and 1-8 overall record.  They were in eighth place, only ahead of Central, who did not win a game. 

Coach Sovell was assisted by Dave Bross, Roy Hawkins, Eric Magdanz, Bruce Santere, Bill Sommers and Maurice Webert.