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Edenton's Capehart signs with Methodist football program

Linebacker led team in tackles last season

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Edenton-John A. Holmes’ Xavius Capehart will continue his football career at Methodist University. The linebacker and running back took part in a signing ceremony, Friday, April 13, 2018 at John A. Holmes High School.

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By Craig Moyer
Sports Writer

Saturday, April 14, 2018

EDENTON — Xavius Capehart exemplified a true leader both on and off the field over the last few seasons for the Aces football team and will now take his skills to the next level.

Capehart signed to play football at Methodist University next fall in a ceremony held at John A. Holmes Friday afternoon.

Methodist, a Division III program in Fayetteville, competes in the USA South Athletic Conference.

The senior spoke with The Daily Advance after the event on what it meant to him to have his family, coaches, teammates and friends in attendance.

“It means a lot to see that many people care and support me going on to the next level,” Capehart said.

The linebacker said he chose Methodist because he felt they had a good program had his desired major of engineering.

Capehart was not only a leader on the field for the Aces defensively, but also led by example at practice, in the weight room and most importantly in the classroom.

On the field, the numbers show just how important Capehart was to the Aces’ defense, which allowed just 14 points per game last season.

Capehart led the team with 188 tackles, 13.4 per game, including a team-high 63 solo tackles, as his 188 tackles were the seventh most in the state among all divisions.

Capehart recorded double-digit tackles in 13 of the Aces’ 14 games this season, including a season-high and career-high 20 tackles in a 56-8 win over Central Virginia Disciples Aug. 25.

Edenton head coach Paul Hoggard said Capehart is a tremendous kid on and off the field, as well as a great leader.

Hoggard noted that while Capehart often does not have much to say, he leads his teammates with his actions.

The Aces head coach said the Capehart was a great role model because he always did the right thing and never got in trouble.

“Anytime you watched him he was doing what he was supposed to be doing when he was supposed to be doing it,” Hoggard said.

Hoggard added that Capehart has tremendous athletic ability, as he runs well and his very strong, which gives him the ability to play several different positions on both sides of the ball.

The senior showed vast improvements over his three years on the Aces varsity team, as his tackles increased from eight his sophomore season, to 153 his junior year and 188 in his senior season last year.

“I kept going at it kept and practicing as hard as I can,” Capehart said.

Capehart is also listed as a running back, as he finished his career with 486 rushing yards and four touchdowns, but saw limited time at the position behind fellow senior Keimon Bailey.

Hoggard said Capehart is a talented running back and athletic enough to play almost any position.

While the senior has been a part of a successful program over the last three years that went 31-11 over his three seasons with varsity, he will face several new challenges at the next level.

Methodist has not had a winning season since 2014, including going 2-8 in the 2017 campaign.

Capehart said moving from a program that was the 2A state runner-up in 2016 to a team that has struggled in recent years will not affect 

“Every team has their struggles, so I will have to work with that and try to improve as much as I can,” he said.

The senior said that his hard working mentality will help him as he moves on to a new team and new situations.

“It’s going to be new and I am going to feel uncomfortable, but I will try to make it feel like where I am supposed to be,” Capehart said.

He also noted that battling for a position with the Monarchs will help him prepare for his future.

“It’s going to show me that I have to go through challenges in life in order to get to the top,” Capehart said.

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