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Bush brothers back in CIF finals

High School Football

For second straight year, Sam and Peter have helped teams reached CIF Southern Section finals.

December 06, 2013|By Steve Virgen
  • For the second straight year, brothers Peter (Corona del Mar High), left, and Sam (Mater Dei) will play for CIF Southern Section football championships.
For the second straight year, brothers Peter (Corona… (Courtesy of Blaine…)

When it comes to CIF Southern Section championship football games, the Bush brothers are back.

For the second year in a row, Sam (Mater Dei High) and Peter (Corona del Mar) will play for a championship, only this time they are not playing on the same day as they did last year.

In 2012, Peter was the lone Bush to come away with a championship ring, as a freshman call-up who won a CIF Southern Section Southern Division title with the Sea Kings.

This year, most of the attention in the Bush household is for Sam, the father Blaine Bush said, because he is a senior and it would be great for him to win a Pac-5 championship before graduating.

Sam, Mater Dei's left tackle, believes the Monarchs (11-2) are capable of taking down top-seeded St. John Bosco (13-0), the Trinity League champion that beat Mater Dei, 24-2, on Nov. 1. This time the teams meet Saturday at 8 p.m. at Angel Stadium.

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"Last year, I felt like our team was really tense. We played tense," Sam said of the Monarchs' loss to Long Beach Poly last year. "This year, it's not completely laid back, but it's not tense. I have a better feeling about it this year."

Sam, who transferred in to Mater Dei from Newport Harbor after his sophomore season, enters with more confidence and experience than last year. Newport Harbor plays in the Southwest Division championship game against Huntington Beach Saturday at 2 p.m. at Angel Stadium.

As a key player for a traditional powerhouse, Sam has gained attention to play on the next level. He said he is interested in playing for Princeton, Penn, Cornell, Villanova, Cal, University of San Diego and Amherst.

Mater Dei Coach Bruce Rollinson said Sam's dedication to his academics has allowed him to gain more opportunities with regard to recruiting. Sam has also shown great character on the football field, Rollinson said.

"He transferred in and we had to throw him right into the fire as a junior," Rollinson said. "I think he thought it was going to be a little easier than it was. The competition week in and week out is probably a little bit stiffer in the Trinity League. A little bit stiffer than what he was used to.

"Two things happened. One, it was baptism under fire. He had a lot of strong performances and he showed the areas that he needed to improve. Secondly, his character was a great stimulus for us. He's a wonderful, young man."

Rollinson has enjoyed Sam's leadership and personality.

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