Florida Southern College Football

Football at Florida Southern? Yes, the college fielded football teams when the school was located in Sutherland and was known as Southern College. The team was also in action for a number of years after the move to Lakeland. The rivalry between Southern and the Stetson Hatters was especially competitive.

As late as 1928, Southern's Mocassins played in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

After 1929, the financing of intercollegiate athletics became increasingly difficult, and the football program was dissolved by 1932. An effort was made the next year - without financial support from the college - to restart the program, but ultimately this effort was not successful.

Southern's Greatest Victory?

Notwithstanding Southern's heralded rivalry with Stetson, perhaps the most impressive sounding victory by today's standards was the Mocassin's 1919 win over the Florida Gators. Southern prevailed by a score of 7-0, which catapulted the Mocs toward the State Championship game ... against the Hatters.

 

1923 Varsity Football Team Record, 2-4
  Southern     St. Petersburg (preseason game)      
Oct 13 Southern     Stetson University     W
Oct 24 Southern     Piedmont College     W
Nov 3 Southern     Stetson University     L
Nov 10(?) Southern     Rollins     L
Nov 17 Southern     University of Florida     L
Nov 23 Southern     Citadel     L
 
1924 Varsity Football Team Schedule
Sep 27 Southern vs.   Citadel, at Charleston, SC      
Oct 4 Southern vs.   Presbyterian College, at Lakeland      
Oct 11 Southern vs.   U.S. Infantry School, at Columbus, GA      
Oct 25 Southern vs.   Stetson University, at Deland      
Nov 1 Southern vs.   University of Florida, at Gainesville      
Nov 11 Southern vs.   Rollins College, at Lakeland      
Nov 23 Southern vs.   Newberry College, at Lakeland      
Nov 29 Southern vs.   University of Havana, at Lakeland      
Dec 25 Southern vs.   University of Havana, at Havana, Cuba      
 
1925 Varsity Football Team Record, 2-2
Oct 10 Southern 0   University of Florida 9   L
Oct 17 Southern 27   Georgia A & M 0   W
Nov 11 Southern 18   Rollins 3   W
Nov 25 Southern 6   Birmingham-Southern 9   L
 
1925 Freshman Football Team Record, _-_
Oct 24 Southern 44   F. M. A. 0   W
 
1926 Varsity Football Team Record, 4-4
  Southern 39   Piedmont College 0   W
Sep 25 Southern 0   University of Florida 16   L
Oct 16 Southern 13   Birmingham-Southern 26   L
Oct 23 Southern 29   Erskine College 0   W
Nov 6 Southern 0   Stetson 17   L
  Southern 54   South Georgia 0   W
Nov 20 Southern 35   Rollins 0   W
Thanksgiving Southern 3   University of Louisville 13   L
 
1927 Varsity Football Team Record, 2-5-1
Sep 24 Southern 7   University of Florida 26   L
Oct 15 Southern 0   Centenary 26   L
Oct 22 Southern 25   Rollins 3   W
Oct 29 Southern 6   Stetson 6   T
Nov 5 Southern 0   Wofford 31   L
Nov 12 Southern 6   University of Chattanooga 52   L
Nov 19 Southern 37   Rollins 0   W
Nov 24 Southern 0   Mississippi College 12   L
 
1927 Freshman Football Team Record, 5-0-2
Sep 23 Southern 18   Lakeland High School 6   W
Sep 30 Southern 24   Fort Myers High 0   W
Oct 6 Southern 0   Plant City High 0   T
Oct 14 Southern 13   St. Petersburg Junior College 6   L
Nov 4 Southern 6   Tampa Legion 0   W
Nov 11 Southern 52   Rollins Freshmen 0   W
Nov 18 Southern 12   St. Petersburg Junior College 12   T
 
1928 Varsity Football Team Record, _-_
Nov 3 Southern 13   Stetson 0   W
  Southern 0   University of Chattanooga 19   L
 
1929 Varsity Football Team Record, 2-5
Sep 25 Southern 0   University of Florida 54   L
  Southern 0(?)   South Georgia A & M 7(?)   L
  Southern 0   University of Miami 6   L
  Southern 19   Stetson 42   L
  Southern 6   St. Petersburg Junior College 0   W
  Southern 13   Rollins College 0   W
Thanksgiving Southern 0   Erskine College 26   L
 
1929 Freshman Football Team Record, 0-4-1
  Southern 7   St. Petersburg Junior College 12   L
  Southern 7   St. Petersburg Junior College 39   L
  Southern 0   Sarasota Independents 0   T
  Southern 6   Palm Beach Outlaws 52   L
  Southern 0   Stetson Freshmen 18   L
 
1930 Varsity Football Team Record, 0-6-1
  Southern     University of Florida     L
  Southern     Mercer     L
  Southern     South Georgia A & M     L
  Southern     University of Miami     L
  Southern     Rollins     T
  Southern     Southwestern Louisiana Institute     L
  Southern     Stetson     L
 
1931 Varsity Football Team Record, 4-4-1
  Southern 7   Bowdon College 0   W
  Southern 21   University of Florida "B" Team 0   W
  Southern 31   University of Miami 20   W
  Southern 0   Howard College 6   L
  Southern 0   Stetson 30   L
Thanksgiving Southern 0   Erskine 18   L
  Southern 14   Winter Haven All-Stars 0   W
  Southern 0   Lakeland All-Stars 7   L
  Southern     Lakeland All-Stars     T
 
1932 Varsity Football Team Record, 2-2
  Southern 6   Mulberry All-Stars 0   W
  Southern 6   Lake Wales Golden Wave 20   L
  Southern 6   Lake Wales Golden Wave 18   L
  Southern 7   Florida All-Stars 6   W
 
1933 Varsity Football Team Record, 2-3
  Southern 31   Lake Wales Golden Wave 6   W
  Southern 0   University of Tampa 21   L
  Southern 0   Stetson 73   L
  Southern 0   University of Florida Freshmen 39   L
  Southern 19   Rollins "B" Team 0   W