Victories for Belen (7-3) over Monsignor Pace (2-8) have been rare during the past 25 years, so the Wolverines enjoyed the moment as they defeated the host Spartans, 20-14, for just the third time since 1987.
Belen did it on a short week as the Wolvervines, following a tough loss to Ferguson last week, won two quarters of a district tiebreaker four days earlier.
“Just a good job by our kids to come out here tonight and play hard because it’s been a tough seven days,” said Belen coach Rich Stuart whose team will play to host Southridge in a first-round playoff game next week. “The one thing we’ve learned when it comes to playing Pace is that you throw out the records because both teams always want this one so it feels great to get it tonight.”
After falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter, Belen answered with a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to take a 14-7 lead at the half and increased it to 20-7 when Joe Garcia scored from 4 yards in the fourth quarter.
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Pace had its first losing season since 1995.