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1979-1980 School Year
1979-1980 Varsity Team Photo: Tom Berg, Steve Anderson, Robert Teclaw, Jeff Larch, Ken Eskelson, Brian Rich, Kevin Wallace Second Row: Mark Dwyer, Tim Hoard, Joe Sullivan, Paul Economon, Larry Larson, John Sedlock, John Pike, Grady, LaRose, Bob Mathews, Virgil Vandermoon. Third Row: Coach Don Sovell, Gary Dorr, Carlos Proano, Paul Marihart, Dean Christopherson, Mike Janey, Don Erickson, Joe Genung, Bill Larson, David Dahlen, Coach Eric Magdanz. Fourth Row: Coach Maurice Webert, Rudy Gonzalez, Jim Scott, Dan McConville, Harry Montague, Seah Linderholm, Matt Imberi, Dean Pendleton, Brent Jeffers, Duane Baardson, Tom Dyvig. Back Row: Rob Fleck, Mark Dischinger, Kip Overbo, Kevin Hoyhtya, Mike Bender, Brad Carrol, Bill Hall, Rich Hansen, Tony Vossen, Vance Crawford.

The season started in last August with many new and inexperienced players.  Only seven seniors played important roles on the team.  So Head Coach Don Sovell and his staff had to push the inexperienced people into becoming a cohesive unit.

The team opened the season against a powerful Central team.  Central scored often and completely shut the Tigers out.  The final wwas 25-0.

The game against Southwest was not much different.  South did score, but one touchdown usually will not win many games in the city.  Southwest won 21-8.

South led West going into the fourth quarter.  Near the end of the game, West pushed over the goal line and won by the slimmest 13-12 margin.

A week later, South hosted their Homecoming foe, North.  South led 16-14 going into the last three minutes of the game.  The fans expected a Homecoming victory.  However, North spoiled the occasion and scored with less than three minutes left in the game and send the South fans home with a sour taste in the mouth, 21-16.

South then took on eventual conference champion Roosevelt.  Roosevelt seemed to score at will.  South managed one touchdown.  The final was 39-8.

Edison, who finished in a second place tie with Central was next.  Edison was inventive and scored early and often.  South lost 35-0!

With two game remaining, against Henry and Washburn, the fans did not think the Tigers would win.  South only managed a safety against Henry.  The Henry team and fans were stunned when that safety was the only scoring of the game and South won their only game of the season 2-0!!!!

South finished the season with a 33-14 loss against Washburn.

The Tigers finished 1-7  and in last place in the Minneapolis City Conference.  Two players were named All-Conference, Brent Jeffers and Larry Larson.

Coach Sovell and his assistants, Eric Magdanz, Jeff Olson, Willie Owens and Maurice Webert, have a lot to look forward to.  Next year’s team will have a lot of experience with 31 juniors returning, 14 of whom earned letters.