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SEMO football set to host playoff game against Stony Brook

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Junior inside linebacker Zach Hall helped lead the Redhawks into the playoffs, finished the regular season with 150 tackles—second-most in the FCS.
Photo by Zach Tate ~ Sports Editor

The Southeast football team will host its first playoff game in school history when Stony Brook visits Houck Field on Saturday in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

The winner of the 1 p.m. game between Southeast (8-3) and Stony Brook (7-4), which will be streamed live on ESPN3, will face No. 2 national seed Weber State (9-2) on Dec. 1.

The winner of that game will advance to play No. 2 national seed Weber State (9-2) on Saturday, December 1.

The last time SEMO made the playoffs was in 2010, when the Redhawks won the Ohio Valley Conference Championship and earned the OVC's automatic bid into the playoffs. That was SEMO’s first playoff appearance, and they played eventual national champion Eastern Washington.

The Redhawks won six of their last seven games, including a victory over OVC champion Jacksonville State that ended the Gamecock’s record 36-game conference winning streak. SEMO is ranked 20th in the latest STATS Top 25 poll and ranks first nationally in turnover margin (plus 23), passes intercepted (21), fewest fumbles lost (1) and overall turnovers gained (31). The Redhawks also rank ninth nationally in scoring offense (39.2 points per game).

The OVC will be represented by two teams in the expanded 24-team playoff bracket. Jacksonville State received the conference’s automatic bid and will face East Tennessee State in the first round Saturday.

This year the top eight seeds received byes to the second round and await the winners of the eight first-round games, which all will be played Saturday, Nov. 24. Second round games will be played Dec. 1. For the ninth-straight year Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, will host the national championship game, which will be played Jan. 5.