Gardiner hosts Cony Friday night in the 137th meeting between the two schools in their storied rivalry.

Recently, Cony lineman and senior captain Elias Younes took some time to answer a few questions in anticipation of the game.

When did you first start playing football?

I started playing in fourth grade.

Have you always been a lineman?

Yes.

If you weren’t playing on the line what position would you like to play?

Quarterback, of course.

What is it about the Cony-Gardiner game that makes it so special?

My cousins have played in it before and just the fact of walking down (to the field) you just see everyone getting pumped up. It’s just a feeling that you can’t really live after high school.

What has this experience been like playing this year as opposed to last year?

It’s different, obviously, but I think the chemistry is a little better. We’re not going to replace anybody from last year but I feel like I’ve come into a bigger role as a person, whereas last year I was kind of just in the background, letting everyone else do their thing. This year I’m kind of in the front leading everyone with Tayler (Carrier), Mitchell (Caron) and Reid (Shostak) and everyone.

What is your favorite sports team?

Pittsburgh Steelers.

Who is your favorite professional athlete

Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers safety.

Do you have any heroes?

Coach (Ray) Moinester. Definitely. He’s the one who got me into football. He’s the head coach for the JV, but without him I never would have thought of playing football.

— Evan Crawley


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