Many QB Zequarrius ‘Cadillac’ Rhone ready to 'shine when it's time to shine'

Jimmy Watson
Shreveport Times

Rarely has there been a moniker that does a worse job of mirroring the personality of an athlete than Many’s Zequarrius “Cadillac” Rhone.

Saddled with the nickname by his father when he was a baby, Rhone has been driven for 18 years to live up to the flashiness the name denotes. 

“There was a really good player in the NFL named Cadillac Williams, and he wanted to name me after him,” Rhone said. “He said he knew I was going to be a special football player.”

Dad got it right.

Although the Many football program has enjoyed tremendous success years, the Tigers have been almost unbeatable with Rhone quarterbacking the offense. They’re 10-2 in the playoffs with two semifinal berths and a championship game so far in his three seasons as the leader.

Many quarterback Zequarrius "Cadillac" Rhone sprints around the end against North DeSoto in a past game.

The Tigers (10-0) will host General Trass (8-2) on Friday night with yet another berth in the LHSAA Class 2A championship game (Dec. 27, 1 p.m.) on the line. 

Many coach Jess Curtis has two words to describe his quarterback: "Just dependable."

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Rhone was slated to sign with UL Monroe Wednesday, but elected to postpone it until Feb. 3. The Warhawks’ decision to fire their coach had little to do with the decision, but he said the move could be a positive.

“I wanted to focus on the mission our team is on right now,” Rhone said. “I feel like (the coaching change) could be a turnaround for the program. And our class can start it off for ULM.” 

A two-way starter, Rhone said he prefers playing defensive back by a slight margin over quarterback. Growing up in Many has allowed him to flourish. 

Loyola vs. Many High School Friday evening at Messmer Stadium.

“Just the love everybody has for one another,” he said of his hometown. “When you’re in a small town, like Many, almost everyone knows each other and wants to see people do great in life.”

Rhone said sports has always been key in his life. He competes in basketball, baseball (centerfield) and track (4x100 relay) in addition to football.

“Sports have made me into the man I am - the toughness and life lessons I’ve learned from sports are something I can take far in life,” he said.

Folks able to shoehorn into Many’s stadium can expect to feel and see something special. The Tigers won their first two rounds by opponent forfeits and were forced to play on the road last week. 

Many's Zequarrius Rhone runs the ball Friday against North DeSoto.

“I expect high energy,” Rhone said. “The fireworks are going to get everybody fired up and our community can’t wait to be back at home for a playoff game.”

The team has been fueled by last season’s loss to Ferriday in the title tilt. 

“Every single day since last year,” Rhone said of the fueling. “We know now what it takes, and this senior class is hungry, and we want it this year.”

Meanwhile, the Tigers will be led by a young man with a flashy nickname who puts in an enormous amount of focus and work into football without a lot of fanfare.

“I’m always working out,” Rhone said. “I just never post videos on social media because I like to work in the dark and shine when it’s time to shine.”

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