PHOENIX — Week 3 was an incredible week for the new Friday Night Fever Game of the Week poll!
In just its 3rd week of existence, there was a massive turnout of more than 129,000 votes, more than 77% of them were from the winning matchup: Florence at Coolidge!
There weren't quite as many votes this week, but nearly 30,000 is still a very respectable total and this week, one matchup got 68% of your votes: ALA-Queen Creek at Queen Creek!
Last season, both of these schools advanced to the Open Division playoffs (Queen Creek out of 6A and ALA-Queen Creek out of 4A) but lost in the first round. Queen Creek was the #7 seed and lost to Chandler, while ALA-Queen Creek was the #8 seed and lost to Hamilton.
ALA-Queen Creek moved up to 5A this year and head coach Ty Detmer's squad is 3-0 to start the year. The Patriots have beaten Verrado, Cactus and South Mountain.
It's been a more challenging start to the season for Queen Creek because head coach Travis Schureman's Bulldogs have played a tough opening schedule. Queen Creek is 1-2 with a season-opening win over San Joaquin Memorial (CA), but has back-to-back losses to Saguaro and Pinnacle.
This game will also be played in honor of Valley high school sports writer Andy Luberda, who passed away in 2020 due to COVID-19. It is being called the inaugural Andy Luberda Classic.
The Friday Night Fever team also needs your help deciding the Friday Night Fever Hot Shots play of the week from last week and you can vote in that poll by clicking here. This poll closes tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Be sure to be a believer and watch ALA-Queen Creek at Queen Creek on Friday Night Fever at 11:35 p.m. The FNF crew will also be live before the game on 12 News at 5 and 6 at Queen Creek High School.