Binghamton High dumped 506 yards of offense on Corning in a 42-21 football victory Friday night that improved the Patriots’ win streak to five games.
Dan Jeffrey overcame a wobbly start and delivered three of his four touchdown passes after the Pats built a 21-7 halftime advantage.
Amman Weaver rushed for 129 yards, Daniel Sellepack 116 and Jeffrey another 73 for Binghamton (6-1), which completes the regular season with a visit to Elmira next Saturday for a game that will decide the Division I champion.
Corning (3-4) played all but the first quarter-and-a-half without quarterback Adarius France, who sustained a wrist injury on a play that also finished the night for Binghamton linebacker Joe Crowley.
France carried the football on a play that resulted in a lost fumble and a helmet-less Crowley who, knee-deep in the defensive mix, sustained a laceration near the eye that required a hospital visit, Pats coach Mike Ramil said.
Binghamton took the lead for keeps when Jeffrey sold a fake handoff to Sellepack through the middle and proceeded to clear sailing outside left toward the home sideline 8:12 into the second quarter.
Alex Boychuk made good on all seven PAT kicks, and teammate Greg Bostick turned in a stellar night on the defensive front for the Patriots.
Reserve quarterback Kyle Grimaldi rushed for a Corning-high 52 yards, but the Hawks failed to complete a pass.
Asked for his take on the root of Binghamton’s 343 rushing yards, Hawks coach Tim Hughes said: “Defense is an attitude. Being physical is an attitude. You don’t have to be big or brilliant to play smart and play physical. We gave them that stuff.
“For about 7-8 minutes, we just let them run roughshod on us. That can’t happen.”
He alluded to a second-quarter segment of 17 plays on which Binghamton ran the football 15 times — nine of those attempts going for 9 or more yards.
The hosts’ go-ahead drive began at their 40-yard line 5:40 before halftime and featured rushes of 12 yards by Jeffrey, 11 by Weaver and 16 by Sellepack leading to Jeffrey’s 11-yarder for the touchdown.
The Pats then forced Corning three-and-out, and took possession at their 14-yard line following a 53-yard punt. That’s when Sellepack started earnestly punishing Hawks defenders.
He made it three consecutive 16-yard rushes by picking up that amount on each of the first two plays of the possession, then added a 9-yarder before yielding to Weaver. Successive rushes of 5, 16 and 9 yards by Weaver brought the ball to Corning’s 15, leaving Boychuk to set up for a 32-yard field goal attempt.
His try fell short and left — however, Corning was flagged for roughing the kicker and the Pats had one final crack from the 7-yard line with 1.8 seconds left in the half.
Jeffrey lofted a pass to the right side of the end zone where Bryan Morrison was gift-wrapped a touchdown reception when the nearest defensive back overran the play.
Three punts into the third quarter, Binghamton took the football at its 35-yard line with 4:53 elapsed. On first down Jeffrey threw deep-middle to Morrison behind the deepest defender and Morrison sprinted home to complete his second scoring play in a span of 5:04. He closed the night with three catches worth 93 yards.
Boychuk’s kick made it 28-7, and from that juncture the teams matched one another TD-for-TD.
Bostick, a mobile and clearly motivated 215-pound senior, is likely to merit a gold star or three for his two-way play once his coaching staff has completed film study.
“We didn’t have Bostick the first four games of the season. We didn’t have him on defense, didn’t have him on offense,” Ramil said. “It’s been huge. He’s really been a major difference on offense and defense.”
The 42 points represented a season-high yield by 12 for Corning, which had won three of four games coming into this one. The Hawks conclude the regular season with a visit to Union-Endicott next Saturday.
As for the looming get-together with unbeaten scoring machine Elmira, Ramil reduced it to the following: “It’s going to be a physical game. That’s what it comes down to — who wants to be more physical?”