Needles (Calif.) vs. Valley Christian (at NAU Skydome)
Time: 2 p.m. Saturday
Address: 1 Skydome Drive, Flagstaff
Key matchup: Needles was 2-3 away from home last season, primarily against smaller Las Vegas-area schools, while many Trojans have played more than once at NAU Skydome. As if first game jitters don’t already have an effect, the Trojans at least have the environmental edge for the season-opener.
Key stat: Needles is 27-6 overall since 2006. Valley Christian is 30-7.
The intrigue: Unknown by itself leads to intrigue, which is what Needles offers as a small school on the California/Arizona border, or an hour north of Lake Havasu. The Trojans are hoping this is the first of two trips to the Skydome this season, with the last being for the 2A state championship.