Monsignor Pace quarterback Kelly Benson called it “sweet revenge.”
Chaminade’s former backup quarterback, who left the program to get more playing time two years ago, came back and beat his former team on their home field Friday afternoon in dramatic fashion.
He completed 24 of his 34 pass attempts for 300 yards — his last completion being the game-winning 4-yard touchdown pass to senior Patrick Stanley with 44 seconds remaining in the Spartans’ 27-23 come-from-behind victory.
“I had a great quarterback coach and idol in Sean White, but I never got a chance to play and had to go off on my own,” said Benson, who also threw a five-yard TD pass to Henderson Gray and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Stanley.
Chaminade (0-1) took advantage of three turnovers by Pace (2-0) and led all the way until late in the third. Sophomore running back Arthur Forrest ran for a team-high 132 yards on 13 attempts and put the Lions in front on a 3-yard TD run with 10:35 remaining. But Pace rallied.
“It was a well-fought game,” Pace coach Mario Smith said. "This showed our kids they have a little fight in them."