Waxing poetic about the 2017 football season

Published 5:50 pm Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Football season is finally upon us. High school jamborees are this week, the season openers are next week — Red Carpet Bowl tickets are now on sale, by the way; only $10 in advance at 601 Sports, River Outfitters, Michel’s Music and the Vicksburg Warren School District Athletic office — and even the NFL and college football training camps are in full swing.

We put the finishing touches on our annual football preview magazine this week. It’ll be in the paper next Thursday, just in time for the Red Carpet Bowl.

That’s a publication that takes a lot of work to do, and when it’s over I like to relax a bit. So, for this week’s column, with football on the brain and a weight off my shoulders, I was feeling poetic. Here, in haiku form (a three-line poem with syllable counts of five, seven and five), is a quick rundown of what’s ahead this high school season.

For those of you still in school, remember this when you get to the poetry section of your English class. Haikus don’t always have to be boring nature poems:

Red Carpet Bowl next week
Should be good; Oxford, Clarksdale
are the opponents

Have we mentioned that
tickets are on sale right now?
Just 10 dollars! Cheap!

Joe Johnson, QB
for Vicksburg, can break records
with yards and TDs

Holy cow! PC
has 35 players! More
than in many moons

Depth will keep Eagles
from fatigue and injuries
Doctors, parents glad

Warren Central Vikes
are reloading. Still OK.
Tough schedule ahead

Face four nine-win teams,
get the fifth one free! Clinton?
Madison? Your choice!

Three home games first night
Which will you attend? Bowl’s great,
St. Al needs love too

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Have great season, y’all
It’s over before you know
Enjoy the whole ride

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 sports reporters in the paper's 137-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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