CORNING - After knocking off its first two opponents, Corning faces off against Binghamton at 7 p.m. Friday at Binghamton Alumni Stadium in its first road test of the season.

Binghamton has had the upper hand on Corning since the 2014 season, going a perfect 7-0 against the Hawks in that span, including two playoff victories.

While the recent history for Corning against Binghamton isn’t good, the Patriots have been a solid football team in Section IV and have finished over .500 in the last five years.

“They have a great coaching staff,” Corning head coach George Bacalles said. “They execute the spread-run pass game as good as anyone in Section IV. We have to have a great week of practice to make to be able to make that jump and make those plays and hopefully be able to win on Friday.”

Binghamton rocked Corning for 50 points in a 50-21 win last year as Zane Olmstead tossed five touchdown passes and ran for one. The Patriots put up 586 yards of offense in that game.

Olmstead is sidelined with an injury, so Cequan Johnson is now at the helm for the Patriots.

Johnson started off slow last week against Vestal but came back with a big second half in the 21-0 victory. That was Binghamton’s first victory of the season after falling in week one to Corcoran 20-19.

Dynamic running back Mose Hill is back for Binghamton. Hill torched the Hawks for 117 yards on the ground in their last meeting. Hill is one of many talents on the offensive side of the ball for the Patriots.

“They have great athletes all over the place,” said Bacalles. “Mose is one of their great playmakers, (wide receiver) Colbie Young is one of their great playmakers. Their other receivers are also phenomenal. We have to do a great job of playing good coverages and making sure that we have gap integrity and we have to force them to punt.”

Corning has found success in its new offense led by Mike Johnston, scoring 106 points in its first two games mostly on the ground. The Hawks are looking for another big output on the road against a quality opponent.

“It all boils down to up front,” said Bacalles. “Lineman executing blocks, running backs blocking for themselves. It all boils down to heart. Wanting to move people.”

The Hawks’ defense has been just as good, allowing only 12 points in two games at War Memorial Stadium.

The focus on the defense will be to contain the multitude of Patriot playmakers and limit big plays.

“Tackling in space and not allowing yards after first contact is a big one this week,” Bacalles said.

Playing away from home will be a test for Corning after taking care of business at home.

"It's a much different environment that we'll have to mentally prepare for and be ready for," linebacker and offensive lineman Seth Hogue said.