Demetrius Bolton rushed for 164 yards and Brett Steiner made an interception at the 10-yard line with time running out as West Springfield (2-0) narrowly defeated Lee (0-2) in a nonleague game, 19-14.
In the first half Lancers quarterback Brian Gegg was a perfect five for five passing, but in the second the Spartans shut him down, allowing only two completions on nine attempts and making two interceptions. Gegg was sacked four times.
"Gegg was just super," West Springfield Coach Frank Creneti said. "We beat on him all night, but he was tough. He kept coming back."
Indeed, with 28 seconds remaining and the Lancers facing fourth and 26 at their 25, Gegg made a fantastic 27-yard scramble for the first down. He added 17 yards on the next play before throwing the interception that ended the game.
Both teams had difficulty holding onto the ball in the first half, as five fumbles were committed.
Lee's Chris Hudgens capitalized on Craig Ellis's fumble at the West Springfield 8, running it in for the game's first score.
But the Spartans wasted little time recovering. On the second play of West Springfield's next possession, Bolton sprinted through the Lancers' line and continued uncontested 68 yards to score, tying the game, 7-7.
In four first-quarter carries, Bolton rushed for 107 yards. In the second quarter he gained one yard on three carries but served as an effective decoy for the Spartans' second touchdown.
With nine minutes remaining in the half, Pat Wolan faked a handoff to Bolton, then swept around the end for a 65-yard touchdown.
But Matt Bukner missed the extra point, and on the next drive Lee traveled 85 yards on seven plays, eventually scoring on an excellent 36-yard reverse by Tyrone Smith. Jim Adamouski made the point-after to give Lee a 14-13 lead.
After a Mark Blevins's 19-yard touchdown run was called back because of an inadvertent whistle, West Springfield advanced to the 1-yard line. But Bolton then committed his second fumble of the half and again Hodgens fell on it.
On the next play, however, Gegg dropped the snap and West Springfield recovered at the 5. Blevins ran in from the 1 to give the Spartans the decisive score.