California’s Top 50 high school football teams: No. 11 Serra San Mateo has big-time athletes led by Hassan ‘The Missile’ Mahasin

SBLive is previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in California ahead of the fall 2021 season. Here’s an inside look at the Serra Padres of the CIF Central Coast Section, the No. 11 team in our countdown.

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SERRA TEAM PAGE | 2021 FALL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

SERRA HEAD COACH

Patrick Walsh, 21st season

  • Won a 2017 state championship

2021 SPRING AT A GLANCE

  • 5-0 overall
  • 3-0 in West Catholic League (1st)

IMPACT DEPARTURES

  • TE Christian Pedersen (Enrolled at Louisville)
  • RB Vince Poni (Graduated)
  • OL/DT Sioeli Helu (Graduated)
  • ILB Fynn Williams (Graduated).
  • ILB Eric Myers (Graduated)

2021 FALL SCHEDULE

  • Aug. 27 @ Pittsburg – 7:00PM
  • Sept. 3 @ Palo Alto – 7:00PM
  • Sept. 11 vs. Half Moon Bay – 7:00PM
  • Sept. 25 @ Archbishop Mitty – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 2 vs. Bellarmine College Prep – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 9 vs. Archbishop Riordan – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 15 @ Valley Christian – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 22 vs. St. Ignatius– 7:00PM
  • Oct. 28 @ Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory – 7:00PM
  • Nov. 6 vs. Saint Francis – 7:00PM

RETURNING STARTERS

  • 4 on offense
  • 2 on defense

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Dominique Lampkin (Senior-QB/S) (6-2, 190)

Offer sheet: Fresno State, Idaho, Illinois State

Coach Walsh: “Dominique is a dual-threat QB and also a talented defensive player, but I’m not sure if we’ll be able to get him over there on defense this year. He’s an explosive athlete. We’re excited to have him back.”

2019 stats: Completed 73 of 104 passes for 750 yards, eight TDs and three INTs, 73 carries for 448 yards and four TDs

Hassan ‘The Missile’ Mahasin (Senior-RB/WR) (5-10, 175)

Offer sheet: 10 offers including Boise State, Arizona State and Colorado

Coach Walsh: “Hassan is an explosive player when the ball is in his hands and a great blocker when he doesn’t have it. He’s a hard working, tough football player.”

2021 spring stats: 10 touchdowns and 745 total yards in five games

Nathan Elu (Senior-OL/DL) (6-5, 275)

Offer sheet: 5 Division 1 offers including one from UNLV

Coach Walsh: “Nathan is our starting left tackle. He’s got great footwork and he’s a tenacious player.”

Drew Azzopardi (Senior-OL/DL) (6-6, 305)

Offer sheet: 5 Division 1 offers including one from San Diego State

Coach Walsh: “Drew plays right guard. He’s a definite player to watch. He’ll help protect Dom.”

Malakai Hoeft (Senior-S) (6-2, 190)

Coach Walsh: “Malakai played for us as a sophomore but then transferred to Utah last year and now he’s back. He’s a very explosive player who know our defense. He’ll be a leader for us in the secondary.”

2019 stats: Made 22 tackles and recovered a fumble.

Sione Laulea (Senior-CB/WR) (6-2, 155)

Offer sheet: Sacramento State

Coach Walsh: “Sione will be a playmaker on both sides of the ball for us. He’s a very long and skilled athlete.”

Andrew Stewart (Senior-S) (6-0, 185)

Coach Walsh: “Andrew is a three year varsity player for us. He’s an explosive athlete who know our defense inside and out.”

2019 stats: 33 tackles, one sack

Ryan Mahe (Senior-LB/DE) (5-10, 205)

Coach Walsh: “Ryan has shown great leadership. He has an incredible work ethic and motor to the football.”

IMPACT TRANSFERS IN

Malakai Hoeft — 2022 DB (Utah)

Maealiuaki Smith — 2024 QB (Inderkum)

WHAT’S THE QUARTERBACK SITUATION?

Senior Dominique Lampkin will start under center for Serra.

BEST-CASE SCENARIO FOR SERRA

If Serra beats Pittsburg, the Padres could go undefeated and win a Section and state title.

MOST REALISTIC SCENARIO

The bar is high, but Serra is the favorite in Division 1 of the Central Coast Section. On paper, this should be a Section championship team due to their speed on defense and returners on offense. A state title is also possible.

COACH SAID

“The expectations people have for us are high based on the people we have coming back and some of the attention our kids are getting at the next level. We need to meet those expectations with a good work ethic and not get a false sense of bravado that we’ll just roll out there and be a great team. We have to work for it. The ingredients are there to have a great season. We just need to put it all together as a staff and community. Right now, early in the season our work ethic isn’t matching the expectations people have outside of us, but we’ll know right away against Pittsburg how good we really are.”

“Our overall team size and speed is a strength, particularly on the defensive side of the ball we have a lot of kids who can really run to the football. We’re also pretty young and that will show at times in our non-league schedule. Our key guys will need to play big and then the young guys that have potential will need to grow up quickly.”

“With so much uncertainty our daily goal is to enjoy each moment with each other for as long as we can be together. I like to think in the moment.”

— Head Coach Patrick Walsh

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