Langdon football duo has one last shot together at Shrine Bowl
MAYVILLE, N.D.—Over the past two high school football seasons, Jacob Delvo and Anfernee Economy hooked up for more than 2,000 yards passing.
This week they're hoping to make one final connection on the football field.
The former Langdon-Edmore-Munich standouts are teammates for one last time on the 11-man East squad in the annual North Dakota Shrine Bowl.
The games, which match outstanding seniors from North Dakota and western Minnesota in the 2017 season, will be played Saturday, July 14, at Fargo Shanley High School, with the 11-man game at 4 p.m. and the 9-man game to follow.
"I'm hoping we get an opportunity to connect on a few more passes for old time's sake," Delvo said.
Delvo was a Class A first team all-state quarterback each of the past two seasons. In that span, he completed 292 of 489 passes for 4,980 yards and 58 touchdowns.
Economy was his favorite target with 109 catches for 2,005 yards over the past two seasons. He was a first team all-state wide receiver as a junior and senior.
"I'm hoping Jacob is in there at quarterback," Economy said. "It's nice to have a quarterback who you've been playing with for so long.
"I'm used to his passes. And he knows when and where to throw the ball to me. We have a chemistry. After all the years we've played together, it just comes naturally between us."
Economy has been on the receiving end of Delvo passes since the two started playing football as seventh graders.
"Anfernee's a special receiver," Delvo said. "I didn't have to put the ball on the money with him. I could throw it close and he'd go get it. He has the hands, the athleticism, the play-making ability."
Economy has signed to play at Valley City State University.
But this will be the end for Delvo. He was recruited to play in college by several football programs in the state, as well as in baseball (he's also an all-stater in that sport) and drew some interest as a basketball player. But he's going to the University of North Dakota and won't play any sports there.
"I know I'll miss playing football, especially throwing the ball to Anfernee," Delvo said. "I considered playing somewhere. But I always wanted to go to UND. Maybe I'll regret not playing some day, but I had to look at what's best for me."
Delvo isn't the lone quarterback on the East roster. There's also Zack Murphy of Grand Forks Central and Andy Gravdahl of West Fargo, who were Class AAA all-state quarterbacks last season.
"I'm hoping to see the field," Delvo said. "We'll take whatever the defense gives us. But I'm sure finding Anfernee, looking for where he's at, will be in the back of my head.
"I'm hoping to get to throw at least one more pass to him."