MURDOCK- The Elmwood-Murdock Knights took the podium on Tuesday at the 2022 Pinnacle Bank Media Days and Knights head coach Lance Steffen says there's no added motivation needed for week one after seeing Falls City Sacred Heart on their schedule.

"A (class) D2 power, obviously," Steffen said. "Everybody knows about them. We get the opportunity to play them in week one at Peru State in the Oak Bowl. It's a great opportunity for these guys."

Alongside Steffen at the 2022 Pinnacle Bank Media Days were senior quarterback Reid Fletcher and senior tailback Cade Hosier. Aside from a week one win, Hosier noted that a slight improvement in his personal game might put the senior running back in the record books.

"Last year I got pretty close to breaking our (Elmwood-Murdock) season rushing yards record," Hosier said. "I got around 1,600 (yards) last season and our record is around 1,700 (yards)." 

Hosier finished the season for the Knights with 1,626 yards in the eight games played for an average of 203.3 yards per game along with 19 rushing touchdowns.

Hosier also noted that one opponent from last year's campaign forfeited their game against the Knights. Had they played, Hosier says "I probably would have gotten that (record)."

Fletcher says that he is excited to be the "older guy" now on the team.

"When you're younger, you always look up to the older guys," Fletcher said. "It's pretty exciting to be the older guy now. I hope to be the best leader that I can be and lead this team to the most success possible."

The Elmwood-Murdock Knights open their season against Falls City Sacred Heart in the Oak Bowl on Friday, August 26th at 7 p.m.