Southeast family weekend features football home opener

Friday, September 16, 2016

The campus of Southeast Missouri State University will be abuzz with visitors this weekend.

The university's annual Family Weekend, which began in 1977, coincides with the Redhawk football team's home opener on Saturday.

Southeast hosts Indiana State for a 6 p.m. contest at Houck Stadium. It's one of five home games for Southeast.

The Redhawks are winless after two games, losing 35-17 to Memphis in the season opener and regional-rival Southern Illinois 30-22 last weekend.

"It feels like we've been on the road forever," Southeast football coach Tom Matukewicz said following the team's latest loss. "I know we played Indiana State in a really, really tight ball game a year ago, so we really want this. At the end of the day, we've got to try to fix what we're in control of, and a lot of those are the discipline-penalty type things."

The Redhawks came back from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit in their meeting with the ISU Sycamores last year before losing 29-28.

Football's not your thing? There's plenty of other activities in conjunction with family weekend, including a new Taste of Downtown Tailgate.

Two hours prior to the game there will be a tailgate with food from downtown restaurants like Chocolate Works, The BAR, Cup 'n Cork and Marco's Pizza, to name a few. Tickets for the tailgate are $10 and limited to the first 200. More information on these and other family weekend activities are available at semo.edu.

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