Sandusky's last trip to Lima for a league game produced a second straight 40-point performance against the Spartans by its offense Friday as the Streaks began their final season in the Greater Buckeye Conference.
Lucas Poggiali threw touchdowns with four of his nine completions, Tristen Jeffries and Dameyion Smith both had 100 yards receiving, and the Blue Streaks said "so long" to Lima with a 42-21 win against the Spartans.
While the 42 points was the most the Streaks have scored this year, the finish wasn't quite up to par for the league's defending co-champions.
"We did a lot of good things, just the finish was disappointing," head coach Mike Franklin said after the game.
"The kids moved the football running the ball," Franklin said. "(Cordney) Strickland did a nice job running the ball through the holes."
Strickland, who ran for 67 yards on 16 carries, had the first score of the game as Sandusky -- with the help of Mike Drake's kick return -- capitalized the possession with a 4-yard run.
It wasn't his only big return of the game, as Drake picked off Lima quarterback Adrian Hutchins at his own 19 and returned the ball 81 yards for a touchdown.
"He's got the vision to watch kids coming for a block. That's why he's a great returner," Franklin said.
Poggiali, 9-of-11 passing for 286 yards, was 11 yards short of breaking the school record of 297 yards in a single game set by Aaron Williamson against Fremont Ross in 1999. His four touchdowns was one short of tying the record held by Jude Theibert against Marion in 1951.
Jeffries (four catches for 119 yards) and Smith (three catches for 107 yards) both had long touchdown grabs in the second half.
Hutchins hit David Desenberg for scoring passes of 29 and 10 yards for Lima (1-5, 0-1 GBC), and Keithe Lasenby scored in the second quarter on a 31-yard scamper that tied the game at 7-7.
Three of Poggiali's scoring passes were 53 yards or more, including a 66-yarder to Westley Newton in the second quarter as Poggiali scrambled away from trouble and found space and time to throw his pass.
"It's a good head-up play by Lucas, and a nice catch by Westley," Franklin said.
Newton and Poggiali put the Streaks ahead for good,14-7, Sandusky capped off the first half with a 99-yard march in eight plays. And needed just 1:43 to do it, as Poggiali found Brock Fuqua from 10 yards out for the score.
"They had us in some man coverages, and we just had to find some matchups," Franklin said. "We want to get (the receivers) the ball with a little space between them and the defender.
"If I were the opposing coach, (the score) would be a heartbreaker going into halftime."
The Blue Streaks, who will join the Northern Ohio League next year after eight years in the GBC, were 7-1 against the Spartans in their eight meetings.
Sandusky 7 14 7 14 -- 42
Lima Sr 0 7 7 7 -- 21
S: Strickland 4 run (Cremean kick)
L: Lasenby 31 run (Reed kick)
S: Newton 66 pass from Poggiali kick (kick failed)
S: Fuqua 10 pass from Pogiall (Jeffries 2-pt pass from Pogailli)
S: D. Smith 73 pass from Poggiali (Cremean kick)
L: Desenberg 29 pass from Hutchins (Reed kick)
S: Jeffries 52 pass from Poggiali (Cremean kick)
S: Drake 81 interception return (Cremean kick)
L: Desenberg 10 pass from Hutchins (Reed kick)
First downs 12 13
Rushes-Yds 35-119 36-163
Comp-Att-INT 9-11 13-26-1
Passing Yards 286 139
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 1-1
Penalties 3-34 7-67
RUSHING -- (S) Strickland 17-67; Poggiali 6-12; Turner 7-22; Smith 4-5; Henderson 1-2; (L) Lasenby 17-74; Bates 7-3; Hutchins 11-61
PASSING -- (S) Poggiali 9-11-286-0-4; Hutchins 13-26-139-1-2
RECEIVING - (S) Jeffries 4-119; Smith 3-107; Newton 1-66; Fuqua 1-10; (L) Desenberg 9-114; Stinson 1-5; Johnson 1-1; Allen 1-6; Arrick 1-13