Key matchup: AJ running back Shane McCullen vs. multi-faceted Giancarlo Dale for Shadow Mountain. McCullen leads AJ’s grind-it-out ground game. Dale is Matadors’ top runner and receiver.
Key stat: McCullen, with a slightly better than average rushing game, could hit the 1,000 yard mark for the season (he needs 177 yards and averages 152 per game.)
The intrigue: AJ (4A-II last year) is looking for its first win as a member of 4A-I against a team which was in 5A-II last year.
Time: 7 p.m.
Address: 2902 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix