Binghamton ran only 21 offensive plays in the first half Friday night against Corning and five of them produced touchdowns.
Big plays from the offense, defense and special teams had much to do with that efficiency as the explosive Patriots delivered a dominant 55-17 win in a Section 4, Division I game at Memorial Stadium.
Binghamton (3-1, 2-0 Division I) can clinch its second straight division title with a win at home Friday against Ithaca, giving the defending champion Patriots the top seed for the four-team Section 4 Class AA tournament. Corning fell to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the division.
Senior running back Brian Alexander scored three of his five touchdowns in the first half as Binghamton took a 34-10 halftime lead. He had touchdown runs of 4, 80 and 25 yards before halftime, then came back in the third quarter and scored on a 29-yard reception and a 2-yard run.
Alexander finished with 142 yards on 10 carries. He also had an interception and returned a punt 29 yards to set up a score.
Patriots quarterback Andre Yevchinecz had an off night in terms of accuracy, completing only three of 12 passes, but two of those completions went for touchdowns and he still threw for 133 yards.
The first completion was a perfectly thrown slant pattern over the middle to Dan Jeffrey that covered 56 yards and produced the game’s first touchdown. He also threw the 29-yard scoring toss to Alexander, which came on a screen pass.
Binghamton forced three turnovers, including an interception by Brandon Hernandez that he returned 78 yards to set up Alexander’s 4-yard touchdown run.
Late in the first half, Alexander made a one-handed interception at midfield and scored four plays later on a 25-yard run off a misdirection play.
Quarterback Connor Jacobs scored on a 4-yard run and Jon-Michael Tokar kicked a 35-yard field goal to bring Corning within 20-10 midway through the second quarter, but the Patriots reeled off four straight touchdowns.
Zack Bush led Corning with 77 yards on 10 carries, including a 42-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
The Hawks were hurt by 12 penalties, including seven personal fouls.