CORNING - Corning head coach George Bacalles channeled former Oakland Raiders owner the late Al Davis when asked about the Hawks’ playoff run that begins today.

“Just win baby,” said Bacalles. “It’s one game at a time. There’s nothing that matters other than this game.”

The Hawks are rolling into the postseason as a top seed for the first time since 2014 after a 7-1 regular season record and will face off against No. 4 Binghamton. The Patriots went 4-4 on the season, but are a dangerous team.

Corning scored on its first six offensive possessions and whacked the Patriots 48-21 back in week three in Binghamton. Max Freeman led the way with 251 yards on 21 carries for Corning. All in all, the Hawks racked up 437 yards of total offense.

“That was a long time ago, so we have to do a better job of blocking,” Bacalles said. “We have to stay on schedule and finish drives.”

Despite the lopsided victory the first time, Corning isn’t going to take the Patriots lightly due to an explosive offense. The Patriots’ 21 points scored against Corning are the second most against the Hawks’ defense all year. Corning allowed 47 to Corcoran in its only loss of the season.

“We have to do a better job of blocking and on defense we have to do a better job of tackling and not giving up the big play like they did against us last time,” said Bacalles.

Binghamton is equipped with arguably the best pass catcher in the area, 6-foot-3 inch Colbie Young, who hauled in five receptions for 90 yards the first meeting along with dynamic running back Mose Hill.

Young can easily come down with the deep ball and figures to be a focal point of the Corning defense.

“It boils down to winning the battle up front and making sure he doesn’t get a lot of space to get the ball or move it,” said Bacalles. "Pursuit to the football is essential this week.”

New this year will be that the Hawks will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs. If they are able to beat Binghamton, they will have another home game against either Elmira or Horseheads.

In year's past, teams had to play at a neutral site in the sectional finals.

“With our crowd, our band, and our fans, it’s a great advantage for us,” Bacalles said. “It’s up to us to take advantage of this opportunity.”