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1977-1978 School Year
1977-1978 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Larry Betzold, Bob Bell, Jim McConville, Dave Ott, John Kern, Sam Oel, Paul Hansen, Mike Berg, Tony Costello, Steve Westby, Dorlen Lundberg, Bill Marden, Everett Pruitt. Middle Row: Nate Nygren, Rex Miller, Curtis Woffel, Bob Miller, Lloyd Klunenberg, Steve Rogers, Frank Smith, Greg Holmes, Terry Scheele, Dave Flattem, Jim Book, Bill Woznak, Dan Moe, Andy Delosier. Back Row: Coach Hawkins, Coach Bross, Kevin Harding, Marty Erickson, John Petek, Todd Leegard, Clay Hansen, Steve McGregor, Mark Peterson, Doug Baardson, Mike Moody, Kevin Kirk, Chuck Devore, Bob Olson, Coach Sovell.

With the graduation of many key players after last season Head Coach Don Sovell and his assistants had to quickly develop players if the Tigers wanted to be competitive and successful. 

Things looked good after the first game.  The Tigers took on West.  The Tiger defense played well and shut out West, winning 12-0.

South played well against Central.  This was a defensive struggle with Central eking out the Tigers 7-6.

South faced Washburn and the Millers showed why they went undefeated in the conference.  Washburn won easily 20-0.

South faced Henry for the Tigers’ Homecoming game.  Despite a rainy day, there was a big crowd to cheer on the Tigers.  Because of the muddy field conditions, this was a defensive struggle with the results being the same as against Central.  The Patriots spoiled Homecoming and won 7-6.

South stepped out of the conference and played Northfield.  Only one goal was scored and unfortunately it was against South.  Northfield won 6-0.

South returned to conference play against arch-rival Roosevelt.  The Teddies struggled on offense as did the Tigers.  The difference was that Roosevelt advanced far enough to attempt field goal.  The final was 3-0 in favor of the Teddies.

South took on Edison and was outplayed in all facets of the game.  The Tommies won 40-12.

South was competitive against Southwest, but still lost 10-0. 

The Tigers finished the season with a 22-15 loss against North.

The disappointing season ended with the Tiger finishing in a last place tie with West.  Both teams had a 1-7 record.  Overall, South was 1-8.  Despite the poor record, Paul Hanson was named to the All-Conference squad.

Coach Sovell was assisted by Dave Bross, Roy Hawkins, Eric Magdanz, Jeff Olson, Willie Owens and Maurice Webert.