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Brothers Alec and Zander Ogletree of Newnan are in their first year of playing UGA football. – Photo by Jeffrey Leo
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BROTHERS AND BULLDOGS Newnan’s Alec and Alexander (“Zander”) Ogletree are more than just brothers. They’re also teammates who are hoping for a successful first year with the Georgia Bulldogs.
14 INTERCEPTING OPPORTUNITY Georgia State University is fielding its first football team this year, and Newnan High standout Jamal Ransby is part of the lineup.
20 COWETA COOKS Some local football fans say there’s an art to tailgating. Find out how they watch football games in style and what they’re eating when they do!
26 THE CHAIN CREW Working the chains, the Ragan family is a familiar sight at East Coweta High School’s football games.
32 STRIKE UP THE BAND! The Northgate Viking Band, Newnan High’s Marching Cats and East Coweta’s Marching Indians are busy making sure the sounds of excitement fill local football stadiums this fall.
38 EATING DIRT From Little League to rec league ball, Coweta youth are learning important life lessons along with football plays.
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44 LOCAL HERITAGE In the late 1940s, Newnan was home to a professional baseball team, the Newnan Browns, which at one time brought thousands of visitors to Pickett Field in Newnan.
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aralson County High School must have had absolutely no standards for Pep Club officers back in the early eighties or I’d never have made it to president. But when you weren’t a cheerleader and weren’t in band but you wanted an excuse to have to go to ballgames on Friday nights and support your football-playing classmates, well, let’s just say I could be peppy with the best of ’em. I did not then and do not now understand the game of football, so in this football-themed issue of the magazine I figure it’s best to just go ahead and get that out of the way. But what I will say is this: Though I’m much better at following basketball, baseball, tennis and NASCAR, I must say that few sports I’ve watched seem to inspire as much devotion as football, particularly college football. Not long after I married, I was upstairs sewing one Saturday afternoon in the fall when I heard my husband yelling “Oh no!” I flew down the stairs to see what was wrong. He was banging on the sofa and yelling at the TV because some football player had made a bad play. So this is how it’s gonna be, I thought. Alex follows UGA football, so each week I like to find out who “we” are playing and who “we” are for among all the other match-ups. Then, for the sake of my marriage and general household harmony, I make
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myself scarce. I plan to get a lot of crafts done this fall. I like to tell people politics is my favorite sport, and truly there are a lot of similarities. There are teams and colors and mascots, regularly-scheduled competitions, offensive and defensive strategies, and the occasional cheats and sore losers, to say nothing of some bad calls. Unlike politics, though, football is better and faster at coming up with the results, and I think it’s good for the country to be reminded there are winners and losers in life. They don’t show up at the end of a ballgame and give awards for Friendliest Linebacker or Most Improved Quarterback. One team wins, one team loses. Game over. So I’ll never be a huge football fan, but I still say football rivalries can be fun to watch, even for someone who doesn’t have a dog – or a “dawg,” yellow jacket, tiger, gator, etc. – in the fight, and I don’t. Except for championship time when, I hear, God is always for the SEC.
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Ogletree twins in first year with UGA football By Alex McRae | Photos by Jeff Leo
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Alec and Zander Ogletree
Football players dream of making the big play that will bring the crowd roaring to its feet, but spend most of their sports lives in a world of pain and pressure, willing to pay a huge price for a shot at gridiron glory that can vanish with one bad performance. But they never endure the agony alone. When the battle begins, teammates are always there to share the burden, the joy and the tears. Two members of the University of Georgia’s freshman football class have toiled beside countless teammates over the years, but know that one thing is even better ... a brother. Twins Alec and Alexander “Zander” Ogletree arrived in the world two
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Al, Alec, Allyson and Alexander (“Zander”) Ogletree enjoyed some time together in Newnan before the twins returned to Athens to play UGA football.
minutes apart, with Zander winning the race from the womb. For 18 years, the two have been inseparable in life and sport, working their way from youth league ball to prep stardom at Newnan High School. Before his senior year at NHS Alec, a 6’ 3”, 215-pound safety, had scholarship offers from every major college in America. He committed to UGA early to avoid the pressure cooker of recruiting during his senior year. Zander, a 5’11”, 200-pound linebacker, completed his senior season at NHS before being offered a scholarship to join Alec at UGA. 10 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE
“I always knew he’d be playing somewhere,” Alec says, “but having him come to Georgia was a dream come true.” The brothers knew playing at the next level would be tough, and it didn’t take long for the challenges to surface. “When you get there, the older players test you to see how you’re going to respond,” Zander says. “But we were used to that. It wasn’t a big deal.” “It’s still football,” Alec says. “You work hard and go out there and either step it up or stink up the stadium. It’s always that way.”
But they admit they’ve always had an extra edge. “No matter what happens or how I play,” Alec says, “I can always depend on my brother to give me support. That’s a good feeling.” The brothers admit they haven’t done all their damage on the football field. Like the time they were eight years old and tested their new BB guns on a camper top in a neighbor’s yard. “Man, we blew that thing to bits,” Zander says. “Glass and all.” Things were fine until the boys’ father, Al, saw the damage and administered some rough justice to a
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pair of rear ends. “We still laugh about that one,” Alec says. Zander loves to talk about the time Alec was acting up at O.P. Evans Jr. High and the boys’ mother, Allyson, sent her mother, known as Big Mama, to straighten things out. Big Mama reduced Alec to tears before making him read scripture aloud to his class. “That really changed my whole attitude about school,” Alec says. “And about being a better person.”
Zander Ogletree, at top, and his brother Alec, at right, want to be good examples as well as good football players at UGA.
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Good character isn’t an afterthought for the brothers. Allyson Ogletree constantly reminds her sons that their success carries a price. “I tell them that they are role models whether they like it or not,” she says. “They need to be good people, not just good players.” The brothers have gotten the message. “We both realize how lucky we
are to have two parents at home who love us and care about what we do,” Zander says. “You don’t get many opportunities like this, and I’m making sure to do a good job of representing where we’re from.” In early workouts at UGA, Alec has already impressed his coaches. Zander knows his time will come. He was not recruited heavily because some teams felt he was too small. Georgia coaches should have known better. Last year the Bulldogs’ defense was led by 5’ 11”, 230-pound Rennie Curran, who earned All-American and All-SEC honors before being drafted by the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. Zander met Curran this summer. It didn’t take him long to size up the situation. “I’m taller than he is,” Zander says. “And I can get bigger.” After spending the summer with the twins, UGA head coach Mark Richt is more impressed than ever. “Alec and Alexander are two really fine young men and I know the Newnan community is exceptionally proud of them,” Richt said. “Both are tough, hard-nosed football players and I’m sure they will make outstanding contributions to our University and football program.” Right now, football is their main focus but the brothers are determined that they will not be defined only by their athletic achievements. Zander says, “I’ll do my best to help the team, but if we don’t make it, I still want to be a good example.” Alec agrees, saying, “My goal is to win a national championship, but we don’t dwell on just one thing. We try lots of stuff and make the best of whatever we do.” NCM
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Jamal Ransby of Newnan is playing on Georgia State University’s first football team this fall.
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After years of hard work, freshman Jamal Ransby and GSU finally get to play college football Sitting near the door of Golden’s cafeteria, Jamal Ransby looks at his phone – giving it the two-thumb treatment. As he stands to shake hands, a tinge of anxiety escapes his eyes from beneath the brim of his baseball cap. He displays impeccable manners and projects confidence, but nervous energy lurks behind that cap. Maybe his nervous energy stems from the potentially toxic combination of leaving home, transitioning to college, playing college football for one of the sport’s icons, playing football at a school that’s never played football, maintaining good grades, answering questions from journalists, and knowing that within a few months he will line up against last year’s NCAA National Champions. There are many reasons
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Jamal Ransby, shown here playing with the Newnan Cougars football team last year, will be among those kicking off the inaugural football program at Georgia State this fall.
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why Ransby should be nervous as he prepares for the next four years, and he admits, â€œItâ€™s going to be tough.â€? On August 3, Ransby began his collegiate football career by reporting to Georgia State University (GSU). The following day, he donned a crisp blue jersey and stepped onto a new green practice field. Back in April 2008, there were no jerseys and the practice field was a vacant paved lot in downtown Atlanta. Now there are locker rooms and the smell of plastic permeates the equipment room that is stocked with new pads, cleats and helmets. Thanks to the persistence and hard work of the coaches and staff at GSU, Ransby has everything he needs to succeed on and off the field. Earlier this year on a chilly February day, Ransby signed GSUâ€™s scholarship offer in a ceremony at Newnan High School. His mother, Melissa Smith, says, â€œI just look at the educational part of it. Itâ€™s not every day that a full ride is offered to students.â€? The four-year renewable scholarship in the amount of $20,498 per year covers his academic expenses in exchange for his athletic talents. Ransby also understands the importance of the scholarship. â€œYou have to get an education. You always need an ace. I may break a leg and not come back.â€? The agreement requires that he keep a minimum 2.5 grade point average. It provides an education and insures his opportunity to succeed after football. Long before Ransby placed the black hat with the electric blue panther on his head for the cameras on national signing day, he stood out as a fast defensive back at Newnan High. On signing day,
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teammates and coaches went to the Georgia Dome to take part in the schoolâ€™s first gridiron football game. The Panthers will play all of their home games in the menacing Win or lose, when 71,250-seat indoor arena, and the final whistle Ransby likes the idea of using the blows at these first same locker room as the Atlanta football games, Ransby Falcons. â€œIâ€™m pretty excited about it,â€? he said. â€œI might be in Michael will know what it is Turnerâ€™s locker!â€? like to be part of a Win or lose, when the final college football team whistle blows at these first football and GSU will officially games, Ransby will know what it is like to be part of a college football be a football school. team and GSU will officially be a football school. Those moments of reflection will quickly pass, however, Ransby understands the game is an and Ransby will get another uphill battle, but says â€œeverybody knows that Alabama is a money game, opportunity to channel that nervous energy as everyone prepares to do it but weâ€™re still out there to win.â€? all again next week. NCM On September 2, Ransby, his champions. The game is worth $400,000 to GSU and will bring attention to GSUâ€™s new program.
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Tailgating. In the South, it’s a rite of passage a tradition as sacred to some as church on Sundays. The art of tailgating has become a competitive sport in its own right. The “professionals” will tell you it’s about striking the right combination of food and beverage, amenities and, of course, enthusiasm for your team. John Stuckey – the constituent service representative at Congressman Lynn Westmoreland’s office – was born a Louisiana State University fan. He’s been sporting team 20 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE
colors since he was an infant thanks to his father, John Sr., who attended the university from 1957 to 1961. That tradition is about to pass once more as John and his wife, Nicole – a Florida Gator fan – prepare to welcome their first child, William, this fall. Stuckey remains an LSU fan thanks to the food. “There’s nothing like Cajun food,” said Stuckey. There are the most obvious dishes, like étouffée, crawfish and gumbo. Then there’s eggs benedict, bananas foster and oysters rockefeller. The other reason he’s an LSU fan – “the fans are always pleasant.” “They invite you to eat and hang out,” he said. “It’s the southern hospitality.”
These days, Stuckey travels the nearly 500 miles to Tiger Stadium for a game only about once a year. But he has access to “Stuckey’s Pub” all the time, and so he brings the games to him.
The Stuckeys wanted a space to entertain, and a few years of hard work later, their basement now features a full, custom-built bar. No
detail was overlooked. You visit Stuckey’s Pub and you will get an authentic bar experience right down to the bar peanuts and Mardi Gras beads. “We wanted that bar feel. Coming down here is like entering a totally different world.” The eclectic space is filled with LSU paraphernalia from floor to ceiling – literally. On the floor is a hand-painted LSU seal done by a local artist. The space also has an LSU tribute wall, a custom beer pong table and a television room with a big screen to watch the games. “The beauty of it is that we don’t have to go anywhere,” said Stuckey. Stuckey is part of a local LSU following of about 30 people who
An LSU fan since he was an infant, John Stuckey of Newnan has a basement and custom-built bar decorated in his team’s colors.
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“I haven’t seen anything that can touch our trailer,” says tailgating enthusiast Rob Estes, above at left, who co-owns this custom-made trailer with Walter Arnall, above right, and friend Jimmy Rich.
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rotate hosting games. The group frequents Stuckeyâ€™s Pub. â€œEverybody loves to come over here,â€? he said. Rob Estes and Walter Arnall have many titles. Estes is a landscape architect. Arnall is an attorney. Both men are husbands and fathers â€“ but both would say that theyâ€™re first and foremost Georgia Bulldogs. The two have been friends â€œforeverâ€? â€“ or at least for 35 years. They were 1990 graduates of Newnan High School. They were college roommates at the University of Georgia, and they were fraternity brothers in Lambda Chi Alpha. As UGA students, they â€œnever missed a game,â€? according to Estes. â€œTailgating has always been something thatâ€™s a big part of the game for us,â€? said Estes. â€œItâ€™s about more than just being with our group of friends, itâ€™s about generations. Our parents did it before us and taught us their way of doing things.â€? And every generation takes tailgating to the next level. â€œTailgating is a bit of an art,â€? Estes continued. â€œYouâ€™ve got to outdo the next guy with a bigger TV, bigger grill. I havenâ€™t seen anything that can touch our trailer.â€? Estes, Arnall, and now their friend Jimmy Rich co-own a custom-made trailer covered with all things Georgia. The trailer features a 42-inch LCD flat screen, stereo speakers, satellite television, a fullsized grill, a keg tap for beer, a wet bar and, best of all, a private bathroom. â€œIf you donâ€™t have tickets, itâ€™s the best place to be,â€? said Estes. Arnall said they are always on the lookout for â€œtailgate moochersâ€? who want to take advantage of their digs. â€œWe donâ€™t allow someone with the opposing teamâ€™s colors to use the restroom â€“ unless sheâ€™s really pretty
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“We just like hanging out and socializing,“ says Walter Arnall, at right with friend Rob Estes, left. Their tailgating trailer is also a real hit for its handy bathroom.
or it’s a close friend,” Estes joked. But, what do their wives think about all this? “They didn’t want us to do it, but when they’re there and get to use the bathroom, they appreciate it,” said Arnall. “The ladies get involved making fancy desserts and hors d’oeuvres and decorating tables,” said Estes. 24 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE
The cuisine varies depending on the opposing team. If they’re playing the South Carolina Gamecocks, they might eat chicken. When it’s Arkansas, they have pork. Their tips for the perfect tailgate are to arrive early to claim a spot, bring enough food and beverages, and always have a designated driver. These lifelong friends admit it’s
harder to go to games now that they have children. “If we don’t go, we still set up somewhere and tailgate,” said Arnall. “We just like hanging out and socializing.” “It’s like a reunion every year,” said Estes. “We share pictures and stories of our growing families. It’s a chance to reconnect.” NCM
JOHN STUCKEY’S FRIED GATOR BITES
B OUT I QUE B E E R T AST I NG 1 pound alligator meat, cut into bite-sized chunks Salt and pepper Flour for dredging Milk Hot sauce
Soak meat for one hour in milk. Remove and marinate in hot sauce. Dredge in flour, salt and pepper. Place meat in a deep fryer set at 350°. Cook until golden brown and then drain on a paper towel.
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1 pound ground beef (substitute link sausage when playing Arkansas or chicken for South Carolina) 1 large can country style baked beans 1 can pinto beans 1 can black beans 1 can Great Northern Beans 1 can Italian cut green beans 1 can of diced green chiles or Jalapeños 1 can of stewed tomatoes 1/4 cup white vinegar 1 cup sugar 1 cup ketchup Taco or chili seasoning powder Salt Optional toppings: Corn chips, cheddar cheese, diced onion, sour cream
In oven-safe pot, brown the ground beef (or other meat) and drain juices. Pour in all of the cans of beans, chiles and tomatoes and stir in vinegar, sugar, ketchup and seasoning. Salt to taste. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. When ready to serve, heat on stove top and serve with corn chips, cheddar cheese, diced onion and sour cream.
Join us Friday, October 22nd, from 5-9 pm for the chance to sample microbrews and imports with the merchants of Historic Downtown Newnan. Each merchant will have a different one in their store for tasting. The cost will be $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Visit mainstreetnewnan.com or call 770.253.8283 for pre-sell information
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By Jeremy Williams | Photos by Bob Fraley and Sue Ragan
around the beginning of August each year, a local tradition continues. High school football teams get dressed in their game gear and smile for the annual team photo. Every home game, fans flip through the football program to see the story this picture tells. But they never get the full story. Look carefully and you can find an army of people who never strive to have their faces in the picture
yet play a big role in helping make each football season successful. The Ragans are one such family. Tom and Barbara Ragan moved to Senoia in 1976. Ragan was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and after the war was
The Ragan family works the chains at an East Coweta football game this spring.
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Chain crew regulars Rob and Tom Ragan are dedicated fans of the East Coweta High School football team.
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A familiar sight at East Coweta home games, the Ragan family includes, clockwise from top left, Rob, Ricky, Barbara and Tom Ragan.
The Ragans watch from the sidelines as an East Coweta ballgame is underway.
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hired as a pilot for Eastern Airlines, ending up at the Atlanta hub. When the family settled in eastern Coweta, they enrolled their three sons, Ricky, Rob and Brian, at Flint River Academy. â€œThe boys wanted to play football,â€? Ragan recalled. â€œAnd since at that time Flint River didnâ€™t have a football team, we moved them to East Coweta.â€? Ricky played from 1977-1981, Rob from 1979-1983
We always sat in the same place, and all the kids we knew would always stop and talk to us. We didnâ€™t want to stop. â€” Barbara Ragan and Brian from 1981-1985. Tom and Barbara Ragan faithfully attended all their sonsâ€™ games, home and away, but they werenâ€™t content to just watch. They quickly became involved in the football booster club, Ragan even serving as president for a stint. â€œWe would work to raise the money for the boostersâ€™ financial commitments,â€? Ragan said. â€œAnd in the days before restaurants would serve a team meal, we would always provide a meal for the team on the way home from away games.â€? Their youngest son graduated in 1986, and for most that might have been the end of the story, but not for the Ragans. They continued supporting the booster club and attending games, both home and away. â€œWe had so many friends whose kids were involved on Friday nights that we kept going,â€? Ragan said. Barbara Ragan explained, â€œWe
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always sat in the same place, and all the kids we knew would always stop and talk to us. We didn’t want to stop.” In 1990, Tom and Barbara Ragan’s support became a legacy. “After finishing college, I decided to come back and watch some football,” Rob Ragan remembered. “Carl McKnight needed help with
“When I walk off the field after a game I see lots of kids that I coached in Rec League ball playing for EC. When one of them comes up to me and says, ‘Hey, coach,’ it makes it all worth it.” — Rob Ragan
Rob Ragan displays the down marker along the sidelines at an East Coweta game.
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the chain crew, and I volunteered to help.” For each home game, the school has to provide a team to hold the chains. Members of the team hold the down markers which sit at the line of scrimmage and show the current down. The chains are a 10yard length of chain with an orange pole at each end to show how far a
team must go to get a first down. But it wasnâ€™t just working the chains that Rob Ragan had gotten himself into. â€œCarl was taking over the recreation department and could no longer coach his Rec League football team,â€? Rob Ragan said. â€œSo he began pushing me to coach the team. The next year, I was the coach of the Red Braves.â€? He has been coaching ever since. The family involvement didnâ€™t stop there. By 1994, Rob Raganâ€™s brothers, Ricky and Brian, had joined him. â€œHe needed someone,â€? Ricky Ragan recalled, â€œand it is the best seat in the house.â€? Many referees have horror stories about really bad chain crews, but with the Ragan boys, itâ€™s always cheers from the line judge. A referee even said that he loved getting to work the East Coweta home games because he knew how good the chain crew would be. Rob Ragan is in his 21st year of working the chain crew, which he now leads. His experience shows, as he quite often spots the line of scrimmage well before the referee marks it. But it isnâ€™t just volunteering for the chains that brings him satisfaction. â€œWhen I walk off the field after a game,â€? says Ragan, â€œI see lots of kids that I coached in Rec League ball playing for EC. When one of them comes up to me and says, â€˜Hey, coach,â€™ it makes it all worth it.â€? Tom and Barbara Ragan never began their support of the Indians with the idea that through their family, they would touch the lives of so many kids that play football at East Coweta. They simply wanted to make it fun for their boys, and for the boys who followed. In their 30-plus years of support they have gotten to see their grandkids participate in Friday night events. And whether home or away, you will still find the Ragans in the stands. For the home games, they are in the same seats theyâ€™ve always been in. But if you want to talk to them you might have to get in line. They have loved so many, and are certainly loved by many more. So this year when you open your football program and see that same picture that will end up in the yearbook, remember that behind each player and coach, even though you canâ€™t see them, is a Ragan. NCM
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