Mic’d Up with Hockinson coach Rick Steele

Listening in to the two-time defending state football champions

HOCKINSON — The pre-game talk.

The halftime huddle.

The post-game meeting.

It’s all there, as well as some of the emotion from Friday’s night’s Hockinson vs. Archbishop Murphy football game.

Hockinson coach Rick Steele, shown here in an August practice, allowed us to put a microphone on him during Friday’s game against Archbishop Murphy. Photo by Mike Schultz
Hockinson coach Rick Steele, shown here in an August practice, allowed us to put a microphone on him during Friday’s game against Archbishop Murphy. Photo by Mike Schultz

Clark County Today mic’d up Hockinson coach Rick Steele, to get a feel for what it’s like on the sideline of an intense high school football game.

This was a clash of champions.

The Hawks, who have won the past two Class 2A state titles, had a 28-game win streak going into this one. Archbishop Murphy won the 2016 state title. 

We did more that watch this game. We heard this game, from a very interesting perspective.

Here are some of the highlights, from the early evening twilight, to the darkness of Hockinson’s first loss since 2016, to the light of hope, provided by Steele, reminding his players that there is a lot of football left this season.

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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