CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. -

Christiansburg's football team graduated 22 seniors from last year's squad, which means this year the Blue Demons have plenty of new faces and even some first-year players in the mix. This could translate into a learning curve early on, and getting some valuable game experience will be key.

"We've been running the same system since I've been here. This is my 13th year and I think our JVs have gone 9 and 1 and 8 and 2 the last couple years,” said Christiansburg Head Football Coach Tim Cromer.

“Our kids are getting a lot of experience and the way we do things. They've been running our offense and defense for two years so there will be a little bit of a curve as far as just playing on Friday versus playing on Thursday, but most of the guys that are playing, even though they're not experienced varsity players, they're experienced Christiansburg football players and they've been in our program so we feel real comfortable about where we're at."

"They're coming up and they're working hard and everything. They're listening and learning so they should be fine,” said senior Runningback/Safety Drew Dunn.

The Blue Demons finished 2013 with a final record of 7 and 4, including a first round loss in the playoffs to William Byrd. Despite the early exit, it was a pretty solid year, led offensively by quarterback Charlie Jackson, who's back under center in 2014.