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Bay Area Postseason Top 45: Nos. 5-1

Hassan Mahasin finished with 1,100 all-purpose yards. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Hassan Mahasin finished with 1,100 all-purpose yards. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

The final edition of Bay Area Postseason Player Rankings are here for the 2021 spring season, concluding with Nos. 5-1. Only players located in cities on the Bay Area Census were eligible for the rankings. Be sure to check out Nos. 45-41, 40-36, 35-31, 30-26, 25-21, 20-16, 15-11 and 10-6.

5. Josh Gerlach (California, Senior, Defensive Back)

Gerlach was simply a ball hawk.

Anytime a quarterback threw in Gerlach’s vicinity, the California senior was going to get it. And that he did, coming away with California’s most interceptions (6). Three of those came in the first half against San Ramon Valley.

Gerlach also finished with 45 tackles, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one punt return touchdown.

4. Jake Ripp (Los Gatos, Junior, Linebacker)

Ripp was everywhere defensively in Los Gatos’ undefeated season, which culminated with a league title.

He totaled 69 tackles in five games, which was easily the most in the Central Coast Section – 18 more than anyone else – and the 11th-most in California. He ended the season year with three straight games of 15 or more tackles, including 23 versus Wilcox in a 20-19 win, which sealed the league championship.

Last year, while playing on the defensive line before moving to linebacker as a junior, Ripp had 87 tackles, five sacks and one fumble recovery in a CCS title campaign.

3. Mihalis Santorineos (Rancho Cotate, Senior, Linebacker)

Once again, Santorineos put up some of the most remarkable numbers.

Santorineos registered 98 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles, two touchdowns and one interception in just five games, with his 98 tackles being No. 1 in California. This follows up an incredible junior season when Santorineos had 237 tackles, four sacks, six fumble recoveries, six blocked PATs and two forced fumbles while Rancho Cotate won North Coast Section and Northern California crowns.

Colby, Pacific, Pacific Lutheran, Puget Sound, Rose-Hulman and Whittier have offered Santorineos.

2. Brady Huchingson (Acalanes, Senior, Quarterback)

A star-studded high school career came to a fantastic end for Huchingson.

The Acalanes quarterback threw for 1,381 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for another 155 yards and two scores, lifting the Dons to a 5-1 record. The year prior, Huchingson finished with 2,646 passing yards, 29 touchdowns, five interceptions and seven rushing touchdowns, as the Dons won their first league title in 30 years.

Huchingson accepted a preferred walk-on offer from Oregon State.

  1. Hassan Mahasin (Serra, Junior, Athlete)

Mahasin was a touchdown threat whenever the ball was in his hands.

A dynamic athlete, Mahasin totaled seven touchdown catches, four rushing touchdowns and over 1,100 total yards in Serra’s ride to a 5-0 record and a No. 2 spot in the Bay Area Football Rankings. In Serra’s special 2019 season, which ended with CCS and NorCal titles, Mahasin had 434 rushing yards, 292 receiving yards and eight total touchdowns.

Mahasin’s offer list is long: Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State and Utah State.

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