CORNING - The Corning Hawks are on a roll, out to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2014 and look to keep it rolling on the road against Section III’s Corcoran at 7 p.m. Friday.

Corcoran is 2-1 with the only common opponent being Binghamton. Corcoran edged Binghamton 20-19 in week one, while Corning shellacked Binghamton 50-21 in its first road test of the season last week.

As a team through three games, Corcoran has put up 324 yards on the ground and 193 yards through the air.

Sophomore running back DJ Haynes put up two touchdowns for Corcoran last week in a 34-6 victory over Nottingham and quarterback T.J. Harness delivered two scoring strikes of 20 yards to Dewayne Young and 58 yards to Kjair Gareau in week two against West Genesee.

Corcoran is know for its hard-hitting mentality on defense despite being young this season.

“They’re a very physical and very athletic team,” Corning head coach George Bacalles said. “They played Binghamton very closely in the first game.”

Corning will make the two-hour trek to Syracuse for the contest, a place where the Cougars haven’t lost in the last two regular seasons.

“It’s a tough place to play,” said Bacalles. “Coach [Tyrone] Fisher is a great coach, so we definitely have to bring our best game to win on Friday night.

Corning has been playing its best in the first three games in large part due to its offense, particularly its running game. The Hawks have scored 52 points per game in the first three.

Max Freeman is leading Corning’s extravagant rushing attack with 505 yards in three games. Freeman, a junior, is averaging 8.3 yards per carry this season. Freeman worked throughout the offseason after around 600 yards on the ground last season. He’s on pace to shatter that mark.

“[I worked on] Just getting a lot stronger in the offseason,” said Freeman. “The [offensive] line’s job makes my job easy, I’m just there to run.”

Corning also has two other capable backs in fullback Dillon Kennedy, who has rushed for 218 yards and Joe Ott has 150 yards through three games.

Like Freeman, Bacalles echoed that the success of the running game is predicated on good offensive line performance.

“They only have that because of our offensive line with Jack Hursh, John Furstoss, Adarsh Singh, Seth Hogue, Owen Zharadka, Zach Stephens as well as our tight ends Hunter Newman, Same Wakeman and Derek Tucker. They open the holes for the guys.”

Through the air, the Hawks will throw occasionally and have a capable quarterback as Blake VanWoert has completed five passes on limited attempts with 163 yards and three touchdowns.

“We throw when we need to,” Bacalles said. “We take what the defense does and make adjustments based on that. Blake’s done a good job of hitting guys with catchable balls.”

While it’s only natural to think of the 2014 team that started off 4-0 when looking at this team as Corning is averaging more points per game than that team through three games (52 to 41), Bacalles is preaching a week by week approach.

“This team is different from that team,” said Bacalles. “Our focus this year and what we knew going into the season was that we had to have constant improvement. We’ll add up all the wins at the end of the season.”