LEE -- Paul Boutiette was begging for the football all game. When the senior wide receiver finally made his lone catch of the night, he made it a game-winner.
Boutiette hauled in quarterback Cam Abderhalden's 15-yard touchdown pass with 3:17 left to lift the Lee football team past Monument Mountain, 13-12.
With Lee facing a fourth-and-6 from the Monument 15-yard line, Wildcat head coach Keith Thomson finally gave in to his persistent pass catcher.
"Paul was in my ear all night long saying ‘Give me a shot,' " Thomson said. "Finally I told him that now was his turn to shine."
"I cut to the inside, pretending to block the linebacker on me, then turned and looked at the quarterback," said Boutiette, who caught the ball around the 5 and powered his way into the end zone.
The winning score capped a 14-play, 63-yard drive that consumed eight minutes of the fourth quarter.
The late-game heroics also wiped out a dominant performance by the Spartans, who controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball to grab a 12-7 lead midway through the second half.
"Both teams played tough and hit hard -- like Lee and Monument games should be," said Spartan coach Bill LaGrant.
LaGrant's squad had been frustrated offensively, moving the ball but with nothing to show for their effort until 2:09 left in the third quarter.
Spartan quarterback Ryle O'Brien cut Lee's halftime lead to 7-6, when the senior signal caller bolted 45 yards up the middle, outrunning several Lee defenders to the end zone. The Wildcats stopped Monument's two-point conversion attempt to stay in front -- but not for long.
On Lee's next possession, Malik Wilbon picked off an Abderhalden pass at the Lee 29, returning it to the 18. Two plays later, Wilbon scored from nine yards out, but the visitors again failed to convert the two-point conversion.
Nevertheless, the Spartans had their South County rivals on the ropes and that's when Wildcat Matty Kelley stepped up and took charge. The senior running back gained 50 of his 96 yards rushing during the game-winning drive, setting up Boutiette's touchdown catch.
"Coach told us to be relentless," he said.
Kelley was also Lee's leading receiver with three catches for 55 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown reception with two seconds left in the first half.
Lee finishes the regular season at 5-3, while Monument wrapped up the 2013 campaign at 3-4. Despite the losing record, the Spartans' program was once again competitive in Berkshire County.
"We're growing, but the schedule did us no favors as we had Pittsfield, Greylock and Hoosac in three of our first four games -- a tough way to start the season," LaGrant said.