Leader Blues

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

SPORTS>>Lonoke QB killed, greatly missed

By RAY BENTON
Leader sports editor

John Alexander Cash, 16, of Lonoke was killed in an automobile accident Monday. Cash, known among friends as Alex, was the starting quarterback for the Lonoke Jackrabbits last season as a junior, and was set to return under center for the team next season under second-year coach Jeff Jones.

Cash was one of Lonoke’s top offensive producers a year ago. One of his best performances came in week three of the season when he ran for 184 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries against North Pulaski.

He was also a dangerous passer, throwing for over 300 yards in a victory over Bald Knob last season.

Lonoke had already begun work on implementing more of Jones’ system in spring practice last month, and the head Jackrabbit said then that his returning starter would be a big part of the offense, commenting that his athletic versatility as a runner-passer was one of the best attributes he brought to the team.

Cash is the son of Melvin and Candi Cash of Lonoke. He is survived by his parents, as well as his brother Chad Hart of Cabot, his nephew Cade Hart, Paw and Nanny Ronald and Bobbie Homsher of Austin, Meme Josephine Cash of Lonoke, uncles and aunts Larry and Phyllis Cash, Dennis and Sandra Homsher, Jerry Homsher, Lewis and Sissi Homsher, Brenda Kee, Jan and David Brown and many cousins.