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MacLeod builds on impressive success at M-A

Matt MacLeod throws a pass against Half Moon Bay on March 19, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Matt MacLeod throws a pass against Half Moon Bay on March 19, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

The first game of Matt MacLeod’s junior season at Menlo-Atherton showed just what he is capable of.

MacLeod was unstoppable, particularly in the first half in what was a ranked matchup against Half Moon Bay, as he was 11-of-14 passing for 310 yards and four touchdowns in a little over two quarters of play in a 36-20 victory over Half Moon Bay. 

But MacLeod, a humble leader, credited his team for everything.

“We had a great gameplan,” MacLeod said. “We came out. We watched our film. We knew what we were going to do, and so we just came out swinging. We knew what we were going to get, and we just came out and we came out with it.”

What that game indicated is who MacLeod is as a player – one who is beginning to get some looks to play at the next level despite waiting a few extra months to get his junior campaign in.

Last year, MacLeod was one of the top signal-callers in the Bay Area, throwing for 1,834 yards, 19 touchdowns and just two interceptions en route to first team all-league recognition. He even threw for 351 yards in one playoff game versus Wilcox. 

This season, MacLeod is up to 427 yards and four touchdowns through two games, as Menlo-Atherton is a perfect 2-0 after some key wins against Half Moon Bay and Burlingame.

MacLeod said the recruiting process is a challenge right now, but that he’s been contacted by a few high academic programs.

“I’m hearing from a couple of schools, a couple of Ivy schools and a couple of Pac-12s here and there, but just nothing big yet,” MacLeod said.

In what is a far different season as usual, witnessing multiple games in the region get canceled or postponed because of COVID-19 protocols, MacLeod just wants to enjoy what they have and not take anything for granted.

“Expectation is just come out, keep on coming out, playing hard, playing fast and just trying to ball for the rest of the season,” MacLeod said. “Nothing is guaranteed, so every game we’ve just got to give it our all.”

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