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1976-1977 School Year
1976-1977 Varsity Team Photo. Front Row: David Ott, Kevin Johnson, Gordie Gibbs, Russ Longhofer, Charlie Lenzen, Mike Medvec, Jim McConville, Bob Bell, Rich Westlund, Nate Nygren, Pat Shea. Second Row: Lloyd Klumenberg, Marty Erickson, Steve Westby, John Petek, Clay Hansen, Mark Fors, Mike Quesnell, Mike Klunenberg, Dave Flattem, Kevin Harding, Jim Book, Sam Ocel. Third Row: Paul Hanson, Bill Woznak, Tony Linderholm, Dave Matson, Tom Erickson, Steve Doble, Mike Berg, Daryl Anderson, Todd Leegard, Lee Hanson, Rick Goodsell, Ray Hodgman. Back Row: Rick Maurer, Head Coach Sovell, Coach Hawkins, Andy DeLosier, Steve Videen, Bob Olson, Dan Nelson, Steve Betzold, Lenny Sedlock, Steve McGregor, Bruce Norby, Coach Bross.

Improvement.  That was the goal of the 1976-1977 football program at South.  The Tiger have not had a winning season the 1961-1962 school year.  Only once during that time did the team not have a losing season. (They were 4-4 in 1966-1967 season.)

The Tigers opened the season with a strong defensive game against West.  The defense played well and the Tigers won 12-0.

South played Central in the second game of the season.  For the second straight game, the Tigers shut out their opponent.  This time they won 15-0.  This was amazing because Central eventually finished in a second place tie.

South played Edison in a hard-fought game.  Edison, who finished in first place, won 13-6.  This game showed the Tigers may have turned the corner and vie for the title.

South improved their record to 3-1 against Henry.  The Tigers won 19-6.

South hit a bump in the road.  The game against Southwest came down to the “extra point.” Southwest went for two and won 15-14. 

The next game was played at Washburn.  It was the Millers Homecoming game.  South hoped to spoil the festivities, but the Miller gave the Tigers a sound thrashing.  Washburn, who finished in a second place tie, win 34-6.

South played a non-conference game for their Homecoming, against old nemesis Marshall-University.  South disappointed their fans and lost 14-2.

The season ended on a positive note.  For the third time this season, South shut out their opponent, the arch-rival Roosevelt Teddies.  The final was 12-0. 

In the last game of the season, South defeated North 15-12.

The Tigers ended with a 5-3 conference record and a 5-4 overall record.  They finished in fourth place.  Three players were named to the All-Conference squad: quarterback Rick Goodsell, running back Dan Nelson and lineman Mike Quesnell.

Head Coach Don Sovell finished his fourth season leading the Tigers.  He was assisted by Dave Bross, Roy Hawkins, Eric Magdanz, Willie Owens, Stan Skavnak and Maurice Webert.