Highly touted junior quarterback prospect Hayden Rettig has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will sit out the rest of the season, Cathedral football coach Kevin Pearson confirmed to ESPN Los Angeles.
Rettig suffered the injury while running with the ball late in last Friday night's game against Pasadena. An MRI exam the next day revealed the tear.
"He's a hard, hard worker," Pearson said. "I'm confident he'll come back stronger and better than ever."
Rettig, one of the nation's top signal callers in the Class of 2013, had a monstrous opening performance this season, completing 30 of 47 passes for 508 yards and six touchdowns in Cathedral's 52-36 win against Banning. He had 294 passing yards Friday before the injury. The Phantoms (2-0) beat Pasadena, 21-13.
On Friday, Cathedral plays at West Adams at 7 p.m. The loss of Rettig certainly will hamper the Phantoms' chances of competing in the tough Mission League, which has four teams -- No. 1 Chaminade, No. 2 St. Paul, No. 4 Serra and No. 5 St. Francis -- ranked in the top 10 of this week's CIF-SS Western Division poll. Cathedral received votes in this week's poll but did not crack the top 10.
Last year, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Rettig was selected by ESPN RISE as the state's top sophomore quarterback. He threw for 2,217 yards and 17 touchdowns. Rettig currently has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Purdue and Vanderbilt. His older brother Chase Rettig, who played at Pasadena La Salle and San Clemente, is a sophomore quarterback at Boston College.
Pearson now must scramble to fill the massive void, with freshmen M.C. Poe and Tuli-Lefefe Wily-Matagi expected to compete for the gig.
"Hayden is an outstanding leader," Pearson said. "There's no doubt in my mind that he'll be fine when he comes back."
Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.