Most high school football teams that play each other in the regular season avoid a preseason matchup.
Not so for Blacksburg and Christiansburg.
The two River Ridge District and Montgomery County rivals will conclude the 2013 regular season Nov. 8 in Christiansburg.
But first, the Blue Demons and Bruins will square off in a benefit game Aug. 23 in Blacksburg.
Christiansburg scrimmaged Patrick Henry each of the past two seasons, but the Blue Demons and Patriots are playing a regular-season game against each other this year.
Blue Demons coach Tim Cromer didn’t look far in finding a different preseason foe. He made a quick call to Blacksburg coach David Crist.
“I said, ‘Let’s talk about this,’ ” Cromer said. “We don’t play each other until the 10th game. Plus I consider it a friendly rivalry. I think our [fans] will be excited to see a local rival.
“I like a benefit game. We’ll play our starters the first half and our backups in the second half. Our JV teams will play first, and I like involving our JV.”
Cromer said he wants to see his varsity under game conditions, because Christiansburg’s season opener Aug. 30 is against Pulaski County. The Demons opened the last two seasons against Floyd County.
“That’s totally changed the dynamic,” Cromer said.
Cromer said Pulaski agreed to move the game from Week 9 to the front of the schedule. Christiansburg and Pulaski both have an open date before the final regular-season game.
•Salem will scrimmage North Hall H.S. of Gainesville, Ga. at Amherst County High School on Aug. 23.
North Hall is coached by former Jefferson Forest coach Bob Christmas.
Amherst County and private school powerhouse Liberty Christian will line up in the second scrimmage.
THURSDAY, AUG. 15
Craig County at PH-Glade Spring, 6 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUG. 16
Northside at Rustburg, 9 a.m.
Giles at Hidden Valley, 10 a.m.
Brookville at Salem, 10:30 a.m.
Alleghany at Glenvar, 4 p.m.
Bath County at Wilson Memorial, 5 p.m.
Chatham at William Fleming, 5:30 p.m.
Lord Botetourt at Abingdon, 5:30 p.m.
Martinsville at William Byrd, 6 p.m.
Bassett at Blacksburg, 6 p.m.
E.C. Glass at Franklin County, 6 p.m.
Grayson County at Patrick County, 6 p.m.
Cave Spring at Floyd County, 6 p.m.
Magna Vista at Pulaski County, 6 p.m.
Galax at Gretna, 6 p.m.
North Cross at Parry McCluer, 6 p.m.
Rockbridge County at Jefferson Forest, 7 p.m.
Staunton River at Halifax County, 7 p.m.
Honaker at Chilhowie, 7 p.m.
Auburn vs. Rye Cove, at PH-Glade Spring H.S., 2 p.m.
At Emory & Henry College
(Teams starting on opposite 40-yard lines)
Carroll County vs. Central-Wise, 6 p.m.
Tazewell vs. Fort Chiswell, 6 p.m.
Central-Wise vs. Tazewell, 6:45 p.m.
Fort Chiswell vs. Carroll County, 6:45 p.m.
Carroll County vs. Tazewell, 7:30 p.m.
Fort Chiswell vs. Central-Wise, 7:30 p.m.
At Richlands H.S.
(Teams starting on opposite 40-yard lines)
Marion, George Wythe, Belfry (Ky.) and Richlands, 6 p.m.
SATURDAY, AUG. 17
Christiansburg at Bluefield, W.Va., 10 a.m.
James River at Rural Retreat, 10 a.m.
Radford at Graham, 3 p.m.
Eastern Montgomery at Grayson County, 5 p.m.
Dan River and Louisa County at Liberty, 10 a.m.
Roanoke Catholic at Montcalm, W.Va. at Bland County, 10 a.m.
MONDAY, AUG. 19
Covington at Meadowbridge, W.Va., 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, AUG. 22
Northside at Heritage, 6 p.m.
At Rockbridge County H.S.
Cave Spring vs. James River, 5 p.m.
Rockbridge County vs. Cave Spring, 6 p.m.
James River vs. Broadway, 7 p.m.
Rockbridge County vs. Broadway, 8 p.m.
At Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg H.S.
Parry McCluer vs. Nelson County, 5 p.m.
Stonewall Jackson vs. Manassas Park, 5:30 p.m.
Nelson County vs. Manassas Park, 6 p.m.
Parry McCluer vs. Stonewall Jackson, 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUG. 23
Franklin County at Liberty, 7 p.m.
William Fleming at Magna Vista, 7 p.m.
Floyd County at Bassett, 7 p.m.
Carroll County at Galax, 7 p.m.
Christiansburg at Blacksburg, 7 p.m.
Jefferson Forest at Western Albemarle, 7 p.m.
Central-Wise at Chilhowie, 7 p.m.
Auburn at Bland County, 7 p.m.
Marion at Lee, 7 p.m.
John Battle at Fort Chiswell, 7 p.m.
Giles at Pulaski County, 7 p.m.
Tunstall at Hidden Valley, 5 p.m.
Moorefield, W.Va. at Bath County, 5 p.m.
Radford at Gretna, 5:30 p.m.
Alleghany at Stuarts Draft, 6 p.m.
Lord Botetourt at Turner Ashby, 6 p.m.
William Byrd at Harrisonburg, 6 p.m.
Staunton River at Waynesboro, 7 p.m.
Martinsville and Patrick County at Brookville, 7 p.m.
At Amherst County H.S.
Salem vs. North Hall (Ga.), 6 p.m.
Amherst County vs. Liberty Christian, 7:30 p.m.
At Patrick Henry-Glade Spring H.S.
Craig County, Eastern Montgomery, Holston and PH-Glade Spring, 5 p.m.
At J.I. Burton H.S., Norton
Rural Retreat vs. J.I. Burton, 4 p.m.
Castlewood vs. Union, 5 p.m.
George Wythe vs. Clintwood, 6 p.m.
Rural Retreat vs. Castlewood, 7 p.m.
George Wythe vs. Union, 8 p.m.
Clintwood vs. J.I. Burton, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY, AUG. 24
At Riverheads H.S.
East Rockingham vs. Millbrook, 10 a.m.
Buffalo Gap vs. Millbrook, 11:25 a.m.
East Rockingham vs. Appomattox County, 12:30 p.m.
Glenvar vs. Buffalo Gap, 1:35 p.m.
Riverheads vs. Appomattox County, 2:40 p.m.
Glenvar vs. Riverheads, 3:50 p.m.