ST. JOSEPH – A slow start put St. Joseph-Ogden's streak of 40-point games in jeopardy.
A fast finish, however, took care of the problem.
Will Lindsey provided the offensive spark as the undefeated Spartans beat Clifton Central 42-20 on Friday.
"We came out not very good today," SJ-O quarterback Tyler Johnson said. "We threw a couple of passes we didn't want to throw. I threw two interceptions and (there were) just a couple of mistakes that we're going to fix by next week. We did what we had to do to win, and that's all that matters."
It marked SJ-O's fourth straight output of at least 40 points.
Lindsey jump-started the Spartans with a 34-yard scoring run. Minutes later, Zach Becker joined him in the end zone after a 74-yard run.
Lindsey had 149 yards rushing and eventually got help from Johnson, who found his groove with TD passes to Blaize Cumbow and Lukas Graves.
Johnson is 23 of 37 this season after completing 7 of 13 for 161 yards Friday.
"If Tyler's on, he's going to get us some big plays, and he got us some big plays tonight," SJ-O coach Dick Duval said.
The SJ-O defense was led by Lucas Gones, who had a touchdown-saving tackle, and Mike Bialeschki, whose quarterback pressure resulted in an interception by Cumbow.
Zach Flessner also blocked a punt.
Duval is hoping for more rest from his Spartans, who feature several two-way players.
"We're trying to get our best players out on the field," he said. "When we can give them breaks, we're going to give them breaks. Hopefully, some people are going to step up and take their places and we don't have to have so many people going both ways."