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THURSDAY NIGHT PREP FOOTBALL: Thomasville routs Albany, 48-0; Indians fall to 2-5

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Albany head coach Felton Williams couldn't put any lipstick on the ugliness that was Thursday night.

His Indians' team turned the ball over six times on fumbles, four times in their first six drives, en route to a 48-0 loss against a Class AA top five Thomasville High team that didn't need any help at Hugh Mills Stadium.

"We just got our butts whooped," Williams said. "I ain't going to sugarcoat it."

Bulldogs' senior quarterback/running back Jeffery Dyson ran for 201 yards on 12 carries and scored three times to move Thomasville to 6-1 overall, 3-1 in Region 1-AA. Dyson had 139 yards at halftime and 111 yards rushing called back on penalties, including two long touchdown runs.

Thomasville's win marks the 36th straight Bulldogs win over the Indians. The last Albany High (2-5) win came in 1949.

"It's just a night when we didn't do anything right," Williams said.

Thomasville ran for 391 yards on 43 rushing attempts, including three touchdowns and 91 yards from running back Josh Davis. Bulldogs' head coach Richie Marsh was just happy to get out of Albany with a win and no major injuries.

"We were on fall break this week and we usually play well (during the break)," Marsh said. "We've got a real big game next week (vs. Fitzgerald), but it's just another region game to be honest."

Albany's offense did move the ball in the first half, but its first six drives looked like this: turnover on downs in Thomasville territory; punt; fumble at midfield; fumble on their own 22; fumble at the Thomsville 7; fumble at midfield.

"Coach Williams has done a great job with them kids," Marsh said. "They moved the ball successfully on us and we like to pride ourselves on defense. They're obviously doing something right over there."

Thomasville turned those four first-half fumbles into 20 points and led 27-0 at halftime.

"I lost count after about five (fumbles)," Williams said. "You can't expect to win when you turn the ball over and not tackle against a team like this."

Thomasville's Keith Jenkins recovered one of the Indians' six fumbles and returned it 17 yards for a score. The Bulldogs scored two touchdowns in a span of six seconds after Davis ran in from nine yards out with 10:51 left in the third and Jenkins' scoop and score at the 10:45 mark.

Albany's Tyuis Smith ran for 92 yards on 14 carries but fumbled twice. Calvin Jackson had 42 yards on four carries, but the Indians were held to 179 total yards. They had 137 yards at halftime.

Albany, which beat Berrien, 37-0, for its second win of the season last week, is off next week before facing Brooks County in a key Region 1-AA game.