Got a good arm and leg? You could win a new car

Published 9:30 am Thursday, October 15, 2015

Chris Busby’s job is to sell used cars. He’s pretty good at it, too. In a few weeks, however, he’d love nothing more than to give away four shiny new Chevrolets to some lucky high school football fans.

Busby, the assistant used car manager at Atwood Chevrolet, is in charge of the dealership’s “Punt, Pass and Kick” contest that will give four finalists — one at each of Warren County’s high schools — a chance to win a new car. He said it’s an evolution of a previous promotion that’s designed to generate interest in high school athletics.

“Last year we did a scholarship for outgoing seniors, where people texted in their favorite player. This year we wanted to include more people. You have to be 18 and older, so it gets the alumni involved,” Busby said. “Maybe it’s a good ride for seniors going to college, or for somebody who needs a new car.”

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To enter the contest, simply text the word “Punt” to 95577. At each high school home game, a winner’s name will be drawn and from that pool one finalist will be selected. At the last home game for each school, the finalist will take the field at halftime with an opportunity to win a car.

Starting from the back of the end zone, they’ll punt a football; throw a pass from wherever it lands; and then must make a field goal to cover the final distance to drive away a winner.

Finalists will not compete against each other, so the possibility exists that Atwood will give away four cars in the coming weeks. The last home games for Porters Chapel and St. Aloysius are Oct. 23. Warren Central’s home finale is Oct. 30, and Vicksburg’s is Nov. 6.

The contest is for adults ages 18 and up, and the only other restriction is that entrants cannot have played in the NFL in the past five years.

Busby said the contest organizers considered putting a similar restriction on former college and high school players, but wanted to include as many people as possible.

Considering the number of former football players in Warren County, and the abundance of college kickers we’ve produced over the years, there’s a lot of potential winners out there.

“Worried about it? No! I hope they come back,” Busby excitedly said when the possibility of a ringer came up. “It’s good for Atwood, and it’s good for the schools to see somebody win. I want to give away some cars.”

Ernest Bowker is a sports writer. He can be reached at 601-619-7120, or at

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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