SEMO Football grabs first-ever top-10 ranking

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (SEMO) - Southeast Missouri grabbed its first-ever Top-10 ranking when it was voted ninth and 10th in the Football Championship Subdivision Sports Network and Coaches Polls this week.

Southeast, which is 8-1 overall and atop the Ohio Valley Conference at 7-0 this season, had never appeared in the Top-10 since joining the Division I level in 1991.

With two games left this regular-season, the Redhawks are working toward their first-ever conference title and postseason berth.

Southeast had seven-straight losing seasons (2003-09) before its remarkable turnaround in 2010.

Currently, the Redhawks tie for fourth among the FCS's all-time most improved teams over a one-year span (2-9 in 2009 to 8-1 in 2010 -- 7 games). Montana State presently holds the record (1-10 in 1983 to 12-2 in 1984 -- 9 1/2 games).

The Redhawks host NCAA Division II Southwest Baptist in their final regular-season home game Saturday, before heading to No. 2 Jacksonville State on Nov. 13.