Athens Academy football got off to a fast start last Friday. The Spartans were led to their quick offensive surge by quarterback Sam Bush.

Bush, a junior, had three rushing touchdowns to his credit through the first 14 minutes or so of last week’s game against Augusta Christian School.

Those scores got the Spartans rolling early and they did not look back, earning a 42-27 win.

Bush said he started getting himself mentally prepared for the game last Tuesday when the contest came together after both teams’ originally scheduled opponents canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

“I had a good mindset coming in here,” Bush said after the game. “We started on Tuesday when we found out we were having the game. We just had to execute like normal.”

By the end of the night, Bush finished with 110 yards rushing on 12 carries. His longest run of the night went for 53 yards.

Bush went 3-for-9 through the air with 67 yards, 65 of which came on a big throw to Pratt Ferguson.

That performance continued a good trend for Bush so far this season.

In the season opener, Bush ran for 41 yards. Bush rushed for two touchdowns week two while also going 4-for-10 with 89 yards passing and a passing touchdown.

Those three games marked Bush’s first few outings as the Athens Academy starting quarterback.

Spartans head coach Josh Alexander said that Bush’s big numbers so far are a big reason why Athens Academy currently holds a 2-1 record this season.

“He's such a good athlete,” Alexander said. “He extends plays, he makes good decisions, he runs the ball well. He's doing a great job for us. Every week, he gets a little more comfortable. It's fun watching him play.”

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