Friday, Dec. 20 will be the last day of school for Stansbury High School seniors Allan Havili and Chase Christiansen.
The two football stars and excellent students will graduate early so they can enroll in college. Havili will attend the University of Utah, and Christiansen will enroll at Utah State University. The two full-ride football scholarship players will start taking classes on Jan. 6.
The main reason the pair wanted to graduate early is because they want to get a head start with football at their respective schools.
“It will be a huge advantage to be able to go in early, start conditioning, start working on our degrees, learn the football system and practice with the team in the spring,” Christiansen said. “We will be way ahead of those who graduate in May.”
Stansbury football coach and Chase’s father Clint Christiansen is pleased with the early exit from high school by his two star players
“I’ve had Division 1 football recruits in the past as an assistant at Timpanogos, and as head coach at Provo High School. But I’ve never had two Division 1 kids who graduated early like this so they can start early with football and their college education. That’s what I’m most excited about,” coach Christiansen said.
The Stansbury football team will miss the services of three-year starters Chase Christiansen and Havili. Opponents are glad they’re gone.
“They’ve been a tremendous asset to our football team. They are both great students and great leaders,” their coach said.
Havili excelled as a defensive tackle where he made 145 tackles in his high school career with four sacks. Havili also played offensive center.
Chase Christiansen started at quarterback on offense and linebacker on defense. As a quarterback he passed for 1,358 yards with 16 TD passes. He rushed for 2,351 yards and 38 touchdowns. He averaged 7.08 yards per carry. On defense he made 118 tackles.
“Both of them are very dominating football players. Both are extremely quick and big and strong,” the coach said. “Every opponent had to figure out a way to stop those guys.”
Coach Christiansen is optimistic that his two players can compete for major roles on their college teams as freshmen. “That’s what I’ve heard from their college coaches — that they will compete for playing time. Both these guys are very good at preparing themselves. You don’t get to be as good as they are without hard work and planning.”
Havili started playing football in the third grade and Chase in the fourth grade.
“I was big so everybody expected me to play football in the third grade. I really didn’t take it seriously until a few years later,” Havili said. “I have had a lot of cousins who played at the Division 1 level like Ricky Hemuli at Oregon and Stanley Havili at USC so it’s a family thing.”
With a father as a football coach, it was natural for Chase Christiansen. “When I was younger we lived in Springville and I would go with my dad who coached at Provo. So I developed a good football IQ early. Then he got the job here and we moved to Stansbury when I was a freshman.”
Offers came flooding in for Havili his senior season. “It was Utah all the way until this past summer when I got offers from Wisconsin and Oklahoma. I ended up taking an official visit to Wisconsin, but in the end I thought Utah is the place for me because it’s close to home. The coaching staff there is amazing. It feels like home when I’m there,” Havili said.
“We went to a camp at Utah State, and I just liked being around the coaches there and liked how they worked with the players,” Chase Christiansen said. “Coach Matt Wells is a stud — he’s a cool guy.”
Chase Christiansen had an offer from Navy, but liked the idea of playing close to home where he could visit his family more often in Stansbury Park.