Hassan Mahasin’s last touchdown for Serra, a 33-yard post against Bellarmine, was scored on one healthy leg.
Nobody knew it at the time, not even Mahasin, but the senior standout suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament earlier in the first half Saturday.
The playmaker known as the Missile was moving around fine at halftime, according to coach Patrick Walsh. But on the first play of the second half, he took a handoff and went down in the backfield untouched.
Mahasin hobbled to the sideline and did not return.
An MRI later confirmed the team doctor’s diagnosis on the field. Mahasin, last spring’s Bay Area News Group player of the year, has a torn ACL, Walsh wrote in a text Thursday.
Walsh said there was no other structural damage and that the team anticipates Mahasin, a three-star prospect with offers from several colleges, including Arizona State and Colorado, will make a speedy recovery.
“Crazy,” Walsh wrote, amazed that Mahasin’s last highlight for Serra was a touchdown reception in full stride on a post in the late stages of the first half with a torn ACL.
Serra went on to win 41-7.
In four games this season, Mahasin caught 23 passes for 418 yards and seven touchdowns. He also ran for three touchdowns in 11 carries.
Serra went 22-2 with The Missile on varsity and won a NorCal championship and played in a state title game his sophomore season.
“He’s going to be a great, great college player,” Walsh said Saturday. “With or without this injury, he’s going to make some coaching staff really happy as he’s done here for so long.”
Mahasin is the second known high-profile senior to suffer a torn ACL this season.
De La Salle tight end Brodie Tagaloa, a three-star prospect with several Power 5 offers, went down with a torn ACL in the season opener against St. Mary’s-Stockton.
— Hassan “THE MISSIL3” Mahasin (@the_missil3) October 4, 2021