A Falcon needs your vote!

Azera Gates, a flag football player for Albany High, runs with the ball during practice.

Don't let the smile in this picture fool you - Azera Gates is a fierce competitor on Albany High School's flag football team. 

Following the Falcons' 44-2 victory over Bethlehem last week, the junior was nominated for the Times Union's Athlete of the Week recognition.

During that domination, Gates registered 160 yards rushing, 120 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

Cast your vote for Gates today!

The voting closes Wednesday evening and the winner (let's make it Azera!) will be announced by noon Thursday.