BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Binghamton football is one of the hottest teams in all of Section IV. After starting the season 1-3, the Patriots have rolled off three straight wins and now sit in first place at 4-3. That is why Binghamton's breakout star, Mose Hill, is our 12 Sports Athlete of the Week.
Following Friday night's performance in the Patriots 41-15 upset win over No. 23 Vestal, the Binghamton sophomore has everyone saying, "Welcome to Moe's!"
"Yes, the old 'Welcome to Moe's.' We were laughing about it last week when we were watching some of the highlights," Binghamton head coach Mike Ramil said with a smile.
The sophomore certainly stepped up in senior Eric Fortner's absence Friday night, rushing 32 times for 215 yards and four touchdowns.
"Doing that as a sophomore?" questioned Ramil. "That's huge."
"I described it as a waking up party," said senior offensive lineman Jason Nieves. "[Mose] realized that this week. He was permanently the starting running back, and he definitely filled the role of the starting running back."
A waking up party thanks in large part to senior Eric Fortner's guidance.
"That was me showing my appreciation to Eric for teaching me what he knows and helping me get better," Hill said at practice on Monday.
"I pretty much thanked [Hill], and told him that he's got a bright future ahead of him, and I can't wait to come back and see him next year for his junior then senior year," Fortner said.
What impresses Ramil and the rest of the Binghamton coaching staff the most about Mose is how he's climbing uphill, developmentally-speaking, by running with great vision downhill.
"[Hill's] vision has really developed in the game," said Ramil. "The game is slowing down. He's making good decisions, good cuts when he needs to make them, and he's running downhill and that's the big thing."
Also big is the future of Binghamton football with Hill in the backfield.
"It gives me a feeling of pride, that knowing when I'm gone, the Patriots are going to be just as strong, even stronger," senior offensive lineman Matt Fiato added.
So next time Mose Hill walks into the Moe's Southwest Grill on Front Street, expect him to say something like this:
"Welcome to Moe's. I'm Mose. Eat some nachos."
Hill and the Patriots do plan on enjoying a nice meal at Moe's before heading to Ithaca on Friday night where they take on the Little Red at 7 p.m.