Bay Area News Group high school football co-offensive players of the year: Menlo-Atherton’s Matt MacLeod, Wilcox’s Luther K. Glenn

How do you differentiate between a quarterback who threw for more than 3,000 yards and a running back who accounted for more than 3,000 all-purpose yards, much of it against top competition?

How do you choose one over the other?

In our case, you don’t.

Menlo-Atherton quarterback Matt MacLeod and Wilcox running back Luther K. Glenn are the Bay Area News Group’s co-offensive players of the year.

MacLeod, who coincidentally burst onto the scene as a freshman when he came off the bench in 2018 to rally M-A past Wilcox for a Central Coast Section championship, threw for 3,326 yards and 36 touchdowns as the Bears won the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division title and reached the semifinals of the CCS Division I playoffs.

Glenn ran for a CCS-best 2,366 yards while leading Wilcox to the section’s Division II title and Division 2-A state championship game. The senior had 3,098 all-purpose yards and scored 37 touchdowns.

He averaged 10.2 yards per attempt.

“Glenn broke open our game with 2 long drives where he controlled the ball,” Leland coach Kelly King Jr. wrote. “Also had big plays on film vs. Valley and San Benito.”

In five playoff games, Glenn ran for 900 yards and 11 TDs in 85 carries.

MacLeod was just as dynamic throwing passes to standouts such as Jalen Moss and Jeremiah Earby.

Even in M-A’s losses to Bellarmine and St. Francis, MacLeod filled the stat sheet. He threw for 401 yards and three TDs against Bellarmine and 307 yards and two TDs in a CCS semifinal loss at St. Francis.

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MacLeod also threw for 390 yards and four TDs in a playoff win at Salinas and 364 yards and three TDs in a league win over Half Moon Bay.

“Extends every play, very accurate,” HMB coach Keith Holden wrote.

MacLeod had just six interceptions all season, three against St. Francis.

“Rarely in HS do you get a kid who plays the QB position like a college or professional athlete – most programs operate run-heavy, option-based approaches,” M-A coach Chris Saunders said. “Matt actually operated like a QB and had one of the best prep seasons and careers a young man has had in recent memory.”

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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