(KMAland) -- Throughout the month of August, KMA Sports is introducing the 2018-19 KMA Sports Hall of Fame Class.
On Wednesday, we announced our second of five state championship teams that will be honored in the class - the 2008 Class 8-man state champion from Lenox.
The Tigers actually lost their fourth game of the season, falling 32-24 to Lamoni, but Coach Allen Dukes’ team rolled the rest of the season in running off wins in their final 10 games.
"The senior leadership was extremely valuable to the younger kids," Coach Dukes told KMA Sports, "and they learned it from the kids that graduated the year before. That really stood out about this team."
Running back Tyler Peterson rushed for 1,822 yards and 31 touchdowns while fullback Eric Hensley had 897 yards and 21 scores of his own. Quarterback Branden Cline also threw for 1,181 yards and 14 touchdowns, including 364 of those yards and five of those touchdowns to Connor Lange.
"When we played Armstrong-Ringsted, it was dubbed the battle of Tylers because they had a kid by the name of Tyler Tonderum," Dukes said. "We thought our Tyler was just as good. We were led by a good bunch of kids on the offensive side."
On defense, Lucas Dalton led the team in tackles with 99.5 and added 16 solo tackles for loss. Ben Borland, who clinched the state championship win over Armstrong-Ringsted with a blocked field goal, added 85 tackles on the year.
Peterson’s 66.5 tackles ranked third on the team while his seven interceptions topped the team. Lange (18 solo tackles for loss) and Jared Ecklin (13 solo tackles for loss) also had big years on the defensive side.
"Landon Maynes as a sophomore played extremely well," Dukes said. "Hensley was our middle linebacker. I can't really pick one of these guys that really put us over the top. It was a collective unit."
In the playoffs, Lenox rolled through Harmony (57-0), Tri-County (44-8) and East Union (32-6) before a 40-20 win over CWL in the semifinals and a 34-32 nail-biter of a victory over Armstrong-Ringsted in the final.
"We went in confident," Dukes said. "When we played CWL, they were a lot bigger than we were. Everybody kind of wrote us off, but they forgot what kind of team these kids were. They never got down on themselves. They stuck together and believed in each other. It all worked out for us."
Lenox is the second state championship football team to be honored by the KMA Sports Hall of Fame after the 2007 Stanton squad was inducted a year ago.
Hear the complete interview with Coach Dukes linked here.
Previous announcements are linked below. Listen to KMA's Upon Further Review each day in August for a new Hall of Fame announcement.
Wednesday, August 1st - Dan Martinez, Red Oak (Coach)
Thursday, August 2nd - Ricky Williams, Riverside (Basketball)
Friday, August 3rd - 1989 Glenwood Wrestling (Team)
Monday, August 6th - Bill Blay, Griswold (Track & Field/Cross Country)
Tuesday, August 7th - Madison Frain Peterson, Creston (Softball)