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MacLeod 'magic' helps drive Menlo-Atherton's potent offense

Matt MacLeod put on a display of precision passing Friday, completing 20 of 22 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns to lead Menlo-Atherton to a 56-20 victory over Sacred Heart Prep.

Following up on another razor-sharp outing the previous week against Half Moon Bay, MacLeod is an astounding 44 of 50 over those two games for 658 yards, seven TDs and zero interceptions.

"MacLeod is a magician back there,'' said Sacred Heart Prep coach Mark Grieb, a former quarterback in his own playing days. "Every time we thought we had him he'd escape and throw it to someone who runs a 4.4 40.''

H-back Antoine Traversat had 11 receptions for 99 yards and two touchdowns after going into Friday's game with.10 catches on the season.

"It felt awesome,'' Traversat said. "It felt so good. Last year I couldn't play because I had surgery.''

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Traversat broke his hand in a skateboarding mishap.

"I was still here every day lifting, staying in shape,'' he said. "I'm here now.''

"Everyone knows about Jalen (Moss), Jeremiah (Earby) and Johnnie (Barbie),'' M-A coach Chris Saunders said of his three standout wide receivers. "Antoine is a special talent.''

Traversat's second touchdown reception was on a pass from backup quarterback Billy Johnson, who took advantage of his rare opportunity for playing time by completing all four passes he threw. His contribution brought M-A's passing total for the game to 24 of 26 for 340 yards and five TDs.

Barbie also had his best game of the season with five catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

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Earby caught four balls for 53 yards and one touchdown. Committed to Cal as a defensive back, he also intercepted a pass and returned it to the 10-yard line, setting up a MacLeod touchdown pass to Barbie.

Moss, M-A's leading receiver on the season, only had one catch Friday. But he more than made up for his modest pass-catching game with 140 return yards.

Right after Sacred Heart Prep scored to cut M-A's lead to 14-7 in the second quarter, Moss returned the subsequent kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown. He also had 65 yards on two punt returns.

After a scoreless first quarter, six touchdowns were scored in the second quarter, four by M-A. Immediately following the Moss kick-return TD, SHP quarterback Mitchell Taylor connected with Carter Shaw, son of the Stanford head coach, on a 63-yard touchdown pass to bring the Gators within 21-13.

Then they recovered a fumble on M-A's first play. With a chance to really make a game of it they drove to the M-A 28, where on fourth and 1 freshman linebacker Devin Hyde shot the gap and threw the SHP ball carrier for a 1-yard loss.

M-A (5-2, 2-0 PAL Bay) responded, going 71 yards in six plays to score on a 17-yard pass to Earby with 21 seconds left in the half. On that play MacLeod rolled out to his left, was nearly sacked, back-pedaled and reversed his field all the way over near the right sideline where he found Earby for the TD pass.

That made it 28-13 at halftime and the Bears put the game away with three touchdowns on their first three possessions of the third quarter.

Dane Fifita, David Tangilanu and Soane Faasolo had sacks for M-A. Andrew Latu had a sack for SHP.

M-A's next game is Thursday at Terra Nova. Sacred Heart Prep (2-5, 1-2) hosts The King's Academy and former SHP coach Pete Lavorato on Saturday, Oct. 23, in a 2 p.m. start.

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MacLeod 'magic' helps drive Menlo-Atherton's potent offense

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Uploaded: Mon, Oct 18, 2021, 10:58 am

Matt MacLeod put on a display of precision passing Friday, completing 20 of 22 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns to lead Menlo-Atherton to a 56-20 victory over Sacred Heart Prep.

Following up on another razor-sharp outing the previous week against Half Moon Bay, MacLeod is an astounding 44 of 50 over those two games for 658 yards, seven TDs and zero interceptions.

"MacLeod is a magician back there,'' said Sacred Heart Prep coach Mark Grieb, a former quarterback in his own playing days. "Every time we thought we had him he'd escape and throw it to someone who runs a 4.4 40.''

H-back Antoine Traversat had 11 receptions for 99 yards and two touchdowns after going into Friday's game with.10 catches on the season.

"It felt awesome,'' Traversat said. "It felt so good. Last year I couldn't play because I had surgery.''

Traversat broke his hand in a skateboarding mishap.

"I was still here every day lifting, staying in shape,'' he said. "I'm here now.''

"Everyone knows about Jalen (Moss), Jeremiah (Earby) and Johnnie (Barbie),'' M-A coach Chris Saunders said of his three standout wide receivers. "Antoine is a special talent.''

Traversat's second touchdown reception was on a pass from backup quarterback Billy Johnson, who took advantage of his rare opportunity for playing time by completing all four passes he threw. His contribution brought M-A's passing total for the game to 24 of 26 for 340 yards and five TDs.

Barbie also had his best game of the season with five catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

Earby caught four balls for 53 yards and one touchdown. Committed to Cal as a defensive back, he also intercepted a pass and returned it to the 10-yard line, setting up a MacLeod touchdown pass to Barbie.

Moss, M-A's leading receiver on the season, only had one catch Friday. But he more than made up for his modest pass-catching game with 140 return yards.

Right after Sacred Heart Prep scored to cut M-A's lead to 14-7 in the second quarter, Moss returned the subsequent kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown. He also had 65 yards on two punt returns.

After a scoreless first quarter, six touchdowns were scored in the second quarter, four by M-A. Immediately following the Moss kick-return TD, SHP quarterback Mitchell Taylor connected with Carter Shaw, son of the Stanford head coach, on a 63-yard touchdown pass to bring the Gators within 21-13.

Then they recovered a fumble on M-A's first play. With a chance to really make a game of it they drove to the M-A 28, where on fourth and 1 freshman linebacker Devin Hyde shot the gap and threw the SHP ball carrier for a 1-yard loss.

M-A (5-2, 2-0 PAL Bay) responded, going 71 yards in six plays to score on a 17-yard pass to Earby with 21 seconds left in the half. On that play MacLeod rolled out to his left, was nearly sacked, back-pedaled and reversed his field all the way over near the right sideline where he found Earby for the TD pass.

That made it 28-13 at halftime and the Bears put the game away with three touchdowns on their first three possessions of the third quarter.

Dane Fifita, David Tangilanu and Soane Faasolo had sacks for M-A. Andrew Latu had a sack for SHP.

M-A's next game is Thursday at Terra Nova. Sacred Heart Prep (2-5, 1-2) hosts The King's Academy and former SHP coach Pete Lavorato on Saturday, Oct. 23, in a 2 p.m. start.

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