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Jalen Moss, Thomas Taufui and others headline strong football program at Menlo-Atherton

Menlo-Atherton receiver Jalen Moss works out in Menlo Park on Nov. 24, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Menlo-Atherton receiver Jalen Moss works out in Menlo Park on Nov. 24, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

After winning a state championship in 2018, the Menlo-Atherton football team has continued to build their program with the expectation to win another. They certainly have the talent on their team to do so. Menlo-Atherton has numerous players that head coach Chris Saunders believes will stand out in the event that a season occurs.

Perhaps the biggest standout, junior wide receiver Jalen Moss, looks to build on the 541 receiving yards and nine touchdowns that he accrued throughout the last season. Moss stands at 6’0”, weighs about 155 lb. and has been getting quite a few offers at the Division I level. He currently holds offers from Oregon, Nebraska, Fresno State and several others.

“Jalen is an elite athlete and an elite receiver,” Saunders said. “One of the best in California and one of the best in the country, no doubt”

Junior running back Thomas Taufui is also looking to turn some heads with the possibility of a season. Taufui had 83 carries for 509 yards and five touchdowns. 

Taufui is another player from Menlo-Atherton drawing the interest from Division I programs and currently has an offer from Arizona State. 

“From a skill standpoint [Taufui] checks all the boxes,” Saunders said. “He is disciplined, explosive, powerful and he can catch. What more could you want from a running back?”

Aside from Moss and Taufui, Saunders expects big things from junior Matt MacLeod. He is a 6’0” and 180 lb. quarterback with a great head on his shoulders. Macleod started on varsity as a sophomore last year and had 112 completions for 1,834 yards and 19 touchdowns.

“MacLeod is elite at his position,” Saunders said. “He is not just a pocket guy. He is a dual-threat quarterback, and he has a cannon.”

Another key performer for Menlo-Atherton is junior wide receiver and defensive back Jeremiah Earby, who at 6’2” and 180 lb., is very long for his position. That length helped him accrue 22 total tackles in his sophomore year of high school and made him one of the top performers this offseason.

“Earby has top-end speed, great body control, great hands,” Saunders said. “ He also plays with a ton of confidence.”

With a state championship is their history, Menlo-Atherton is looking to win another one with the possibility of a season looming. Players like Moss, Taufui, Macleod and Earby show that there is no lack of talent within the program. Look for Menlo-Atherton to perform at a high level when the time comes.  

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