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Albany on board in 1-AA

Albany High freshman RB Quentin Sapp scored twice for the Indians on Friday.

Albany High freshman RB Quentin Sapp scored twice for the Indians on Friday.

ALBANY -- It took an Albany High fumble 30 seconds into Friday night's game at Hugh Mills and a Berrien opening-game touchdown to refocus the Indians.

But once the Indians woke up, nothing could stop them.

Albany scored 42 unanswered points after Berrien's initial touchdown and rolled to a 42-7 victory.

It was the most points Albany has scored in a game since a 63-47 loss to Mitchell County in 2004 and the most points the Indians have scored in a victory since a 43-22 win against Terrell County in 2003.

Needless to say, the Indians were having some fun out there.

"I had a lot of fun the whole game," Albany junior quarterback Emmanul Byrd said. "Everything was clicking, so I was just enjoying my moment."

And Byrd had plenty of moments to enjoy in the Indians' fourth win of the season, which equals their combined win total the past five seasons.

Albany's junior quarterback threw for three touchdowns and 220 yards on 13-for-19 and ran for a team-high 62 yards.

"He threw the ball well, and his execution was pretty good tonight," Albany coach Felton Williams said. "Of course he had a lot of time to throw the ball, and you know what he can do when he has time to throw the ball. He did a good job."

Albany is now 4-2 overall and 1-1 in Region 1-AA, bouncing back from last week's region-opening loss to Fitzgerald. Berrien fell to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the region under first-year head coach Tony Long.

"It's a big win for the program," Williams said. "Offensively, we looked pretty good. Defensively, we looked good in spots, but we have some work to do."

Berrien got on the scoreboard first with a Tanner McMillan three-yard touchdown run, but Byrd and the Indians set the tone for the rest of the game with a Jeconiah Jackson 65-yard touchdown catch with 4:42 left in the first quarter.

"(Berrien's touchdown) showed us we need to refocus and keep playing," Byrd said. "I keyed in on what the defense was doing and what they gave me, and I just started leading my team by example. I took over the game."

The night really started to go Albany's way in the second quarter when the Indians scored three touchdowns and forced three Berrien turnovers -- Andrico Carter and Jauron Brown had interceptions and Calvin Jackson recovered a fumble.

Scoring for the Indians in the second quarter were Rantiez Williams on a 13-yard pass from Byrd, Brown on a 16-yard run and Quentin Sapp on a 3-yard run.

Sapp rushed for another 3-yard score in the third quarter, and Williams caught a 23-yard pass in the fourth quarter for his second touchdown of the game. Brown and Sapp finished the night with 53 and 51 rushing yards, respectively. Three Indians had 40 or more receiving yards -- Jackson with 85, Gerald Jenkins with 52 and Williams with 45.

It was a standout night for the Indians' offense, and a frustrating night for the Berrien Rebels, who haven't won a region game since 2009.

"We need to minimize our mistakes and turnovers," said Long, whose Rebels rushed for 171 yards but turned the ball over twice inside the red zone. "When you throw interceptions and put the ball on the ground, it's hard to win a football game."

The Indians, who gained 413 total yards on offense, play again Thursday at Hugh Mills against a Thomasville team that defeated Albany last year, 48-0.