My view from the press box at Houck Field, as Southeast Missouri State squares off against Tennessee Tech on Homecoming. (Trent Singer)
The Southeast Missouri State football team dominated the first half of play, as senior quarterback Jesse Hosket threw for 105 yards and two touchdowns to give the Redhawks a 17-3 lead at halftime against Tennessee Tech in Saturday's Homecoming game at Houck Field.
Hosket was 11-of-18 passing and threw a pair of first-quarter TDs. He connected with tight end Eric Williams on a 9-yard scoring strike with 9 minutes, 27 seconds left in the first quarter before finding wide receiver Trevon Billington on a 4-yard TD pass at the 8:17 mark. Both TDs came on third-and-goal.
Kicker Nicholas Litang knocked through a 22-yard field goal with 7 seconds left in the quarter, giving Southeast a 17-0 lead.
The second quarter was quiet from both sides. Kicker Nick Madonia's 37-yard field goal with 2:07 left in the half accounted for the only points of the quarter.
The Redhawks forced a pair of turnovers in the half. Linebacker Zach Hall stripped TTU quarterback Adam Browner deep in Golden Eagles territory, as defensive lineman Bryson Donnell recovered the fumble to set up the Redhawks' second TD.
Redhawks safety Omar Pierre-Louis intercepted a pass by Browner during the second quarter.
SEMO's Kristian Wilkerson had five receptions for 52 yards at the break, while Williams had three catches for 28 yards. Running back Marquis Terry racked up 31 yards on 10 rushes for Southeast.
TTU managed only 76 total yards of offense in the opening half. RB Andrew Goldsmith had 47 yards on 10 carries.
You can track the second half on Twitter @semoballTrent, and you don't need to have a Twitter account to see the tweets.
The Southeast Missouri State football team is coming off its bye week and will aim for its second win in a row when it takes on Tennessee Tech at 1 p.m. Saturday in a Homecoming matchup at Houck Field.
Southeast Missourian sports reporter Trent Singer will provide live updates from the game.
You can follow along on Twitter @semoballTrent, and you don't need to have a Twitter account to see the tweets.
Southeast (1-4, 1-1 Ohio Valley Conference) will go up against a winless TTU squad after the Golden Eagles dropped a 24-23 loss last week at Eastern Illinois. TTU enters the game 0-6 overall and 0-3 in conference play. The Golden Eagles are led on offense by senior wide receiver Dontez Byrd, who leads the OVC in receptions (45) and receiving yardage (665). Click here for a full preview of Saturday's game.
Two weeks ago, the Redhawks claimed their first win of the season in a 29-10 decision over visiting Eastern Kentucky. The Redhawks were dominant on defense in the victory, limiting the visitors to just 11 yards rushing. Offensively, Southeast running back Marquis Terry ran for 184 yards and two TDs, earning honors as OVC Co-Newcomer of the Week.