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There’s only one thing on Clayton Valley CHarter senior athlete Erik Chrisoffersen’s mind: getting an opportunity to play college ball.
“It’s the only thing in my mind and my heart,” Christoffersen said. “That’s it. That’s the only thing I think about and work for every day.”
Nobody in his family has gone on to play sports at the collegiate and professional levels, and Christoffersen has been on a mission throughout his football career to become the first in his family to do so.
As a seventh grader, Christoffersen’s team went to the Turkey Bowl, which also was his first season as a running back. That year, he ran for more than 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns.
All the while he and his team won a championship.
“We won by 22 points in the Turkey Bowl, so I felt like I needed to take my life and be something better than everybody else thought I could be,” Christoffersen said.
Taking his life and being better is just what Christoffersen has done.
His junior season featured history, and his efforts, particularly as the schedule rolled closer and closer to the end, keyed Clayton Valley Charter in its ultimate run to the program’s first-ever state title.
Christoffersen finished with a team-high 493 receiving yards and four touchdowns, next to his additional 146 yards and one score on the ground. And of his 493 yards receiving, 399 of those came in the five postseason games alone – including two games of 100-plus yards when he notched 102 versus Napa and 157 against Foothill.
Plus, Christoffersen shined in the 20-7 win over San Bernardino’s Aquinas High School in the Division 2-AA state title contest, hauling in eight catches for 88 yards.
“God blessed me with some athleticism, but I would have to say my brains,” Christoffersen said. “I study football day in and day out. I study the body, study how I could do better every day.”
This offseason, Christoffersen’s game has only compounded from what he did one year ago.
His quickness, footwork, route running have all improved – all traits he only expects to continue improving on during this offseason that is now pushed until official practice begins in December and the regular season starts in January.
“I believe it’s a blessing in disguise,” Christoffersen said. “They give us three more months to get better, and me being younger than everybody else in my class – I just turned 17 – I just feel like it’s just given me more time to get better.”
What Christoffersen and the Ugly Eagles are focused on now is going back-to-back. They want a second straight state crown, knowing all too well how glorious that feeling was last December.
And Christoffersen wants the chance to get a scholarship and be the first member of his family to compete at the next level.
“My goal for myself is to get to a good D1 college with a full scholarship so my education can be paid for and to carry my team if I need to, just have the best season possible,” Christoffersen said. “Hopefully we can win state again.”
Your family is so proud of you!!
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