Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Q&A: West Allegheny's Tory Delmonico
Tory Delmonico is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior quarterback-running back-wide receiver-defensive back-outside linebacker — yes, you read that right — who has led West Allegheny (10-0) to the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. He leads the Indians in scoring and receiving and is their second-leading rusher. Delmonico, a linebacker prospect, has offers to play at Army, Navy and Toledo.
Q: Is there any position you haven't played in football?
A: No, there isn't. I played line when I was little. Growing up, it turned into more skill positions, but I've played it all.
Q: Which is your favorite?
A: Outside linebacker. I feel like it's less thinking than offense. You kind of just go play.
Q: How do the running styles of your backs differ?
A: Armand Dellovade is more of a power back. Chayse Dillon is more the speed guy who gets the outside plays. I'm somewhere in the middle.
Q: If you race, who wins?
A: Chayse would win the race. I'd be a close second, but he'd win it, I'll admit.
Q: What competition would you win between you three?
A: I'd bench more. Armand probably squats the most.
Q: What's the favorite moment of your career?
A: That's tough. I would say winning the WPIAL last year. I remember not playing. I tore the PCL in my knee in the first round against Ringgold.
Q: How hard was that?
A: That was probably one of the hardest things I've ever had to do in my life, having to watch my teammates win it. It's helped me grow in more ways. It helped me realize that nothing is guaranteed in life. This is my last year at West Allegheny. I feel like I cherish practice and work harder.
Q: What is it like to play for West Allegheny coach Bob Palko?
A: The best way I could put it is a lot of high school kids don't know how special it really can be. A lot of times kids want to rush off to college real fast and play college football. If it was my pick, I'd stay here forever. We'll walk in on Monday, and the game plan will be put together, no matter how good the other team is, and be so in-depth because the coaches care and always want to put us in the best position to win. Everyone on the team is looking out for each other. It's not one person. It's all of us together. That's one thing I'll miss about high school football when I go to college. I feel like it won't be like that.
Q: What's the team motto?
A: INAM. It stands for “It's Not About Me.” I think it's pretty cool.