The first big loss was handed to the team at the Friday night game on September 22, 1950. Anoka Tornadoes won the game 20-0, handing the South St Paul Packers their first defeat in twelve games, something that had not happened since 1948. The following week, the Packers crushed White Bear Lake by the same score, 20-0. Facing the Hastings gridders the next week, the Packers blasted through, winning 19-6.
But it was during the next week that things began to change. Practice had began as usual for the Packers. Rol took his place as center and the scrimmage began. When I questioned him about this practice and did he remember getting hit, he responded that he had been hit and thought he had pulled a muscle in his back. He also mentioned that during practice, the players did not always wear helmets. By Thursday, Coach John Kulbitski, in an article in the local paper, reported that "Rollin Glewwe, starting center and outstanding linebacker, had strained his back and may not start tomorrow night. In case the star performer is benched, he will be replaced by Keith Wells." (South St Paul Daily Reporter, vol. 58, no. 92, Oct 12, 1950, p4).
It was October, Friday the 13th, 1950, when the South St Paul Packers trampled the Stillwater Ponies 35-0 and gained the first place lead in the suburban conference. The following week they would play St Thomas Academy. Homecoming was slated for Friday, October 27, and one of the girls up for Homecoming Queen was my mother, Joan Brossoit.
Homecoming night pitted the SSP Packers against Columbia Heights Heighters, with the ending score South St Paul winning 25-6. It was the last game for the team's fullback Harold "Pinky" Pawlik, as he would be ineligible to play any remaining games due to his age. But he made it a great game, with SSP rushing for 396 yards to Heights, 75.
The SSP "Packers Crush Robbinsdale 33-0 in Season's Finale" was the headline for the last game of the season. In three years, the football team had only lost one game, and for one player his last game.