That wasn't necessarily the case from an individual standpoint, though. Several student-athletes represented their respective schools in grand fashion on a weekly basis. For their efforts, coaches and media recently gathered to vote for the Lebanon Daily News' annual All-County Football Team.
Excluding special team selections, a quartet of players earned starting nods on both sides of the ball. Palmyra's Tyler Rivera joined the Elco senior trio of Schuyler Harting, Chris Kreider and Adam Shoemaker as first-team picks on offense and defense.
Rivera, a senior guard/defensive lineman, anchored the Cougars in the trenches against the Mid-Penn Conference's toughest customers. Harting, Kreider and Shoemaker led the Raiders and All-County Coach of the Year Bob Miller to the lone winning record, posting a 6-4 mark and nearly qualifying for the District Three playoffs.
Harting, a 6-foot-4, 225-pounder, was a unanimous pick on the offensive and defensive lines. Kreider, a 6-foot, 210-pounder, also earned first-team honors on the OL and as a defensive end. Shoemaker, a versatile tight end/linebacker, led the county in scoring with 19 touchdowns.
Lebanon junior Mark Pyles and Elco's Cameron Strause also earned multiple first-team selections. Pyles was recognized for his ball-hawking safety skills in the secondary and as the county's top punter. Strause, also a junior, notched first-team status at running back and kick returner. He led the county on the ground with 1,191 yards on 187 carries.
Cedar Crest gunslinger Nick Cascarino spearheads the offense at quarterback. Cascarino's Falcon-led offense generated a county-best 340 yards per game. The senior completed 84-of-175 passes (48 percent) for 1,410 yards and eight touchdowns.
Cascarino will have his classmate in South Lebanon, Grant Boehler, to hand the ball off to in the backfield. Boehler ranked in the top three in rushing yards with 712, averaging 6.4 per attempt. Palmyra's rugged Dino Faiola was also named to the first team after plowing ahead for 644 yards this fall to join Strause and Boehler among the leaders.
The remainder of the offensive line - along with Rivera, Kreider and Harting - consists of Elco's center Zach Carley and the Annville-Cleona duo of senior Nat Hughes and junior Brandon Boger. Plus, Dutchmen sophomore John Groh joins Shoemaker at tight end.
At wideout, Lebanon junior Jeremy De La Cruz, A-C junior Adam Connor and Palmyra sophomore Mitchell Cooper will haul in passes. De La Cruz (59 catches, 605 yards) and Cooper (48 catches, 600 yards) finished 1-2 in the county in receiving. Cedar Crest sophomore Damon Edwards handles punt return duties.
Head coach Tom Waranavage's Falcons are also well represented on the defensive side of the ball. Senior defensive end Devon Edwards and junior down lineman Austin Elliot both were named first-teamers up front. At middle linebacker, senior tackling-machine Steve Galbraith is paired with Northern Lebanon junior Derek DiAngelis and Annville-Cleona junior Geordan Barr.
Falcon freshman Evan Horn also carved out his place on the first-team in the secondary next to Pyles. Crest's senior soccer-transplant Kevin Bonalle earned first-team placekicking honors, and Dutchmen senior Anthony Pletz picked up the inspirational award.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
2012 ALL-LEBANON COUNTY FOOTBALL TEAM
Nick Cascarino, Cedar Crest
Grant Boehler, Cedar Crest; Cameron Strause, Elco; Dino Faiola, Palmyra
Adam Connor, Annville-Cleona; Jeremy De La Cruz, Lebanon; Mitchell Cooper, Palmyra
Zach Carley, Elco
Adam Shoemaker, Elco; John Groh, Annville-Cleona
Chris Kreider, Elco; Schuyler Harting, Elco; Nat Hughes, Annville-Cleona; Brandon Boger, Annville-Cleona; Tyler Rivera, Palmyra
Mark Pyles, Lebanon
Cameron Strause, Elco
Damon Edwards, Cedar Crest
Austin Elliott, Cedar Crest; Schuyler Harting, Elco; Tyler Rivera, Palmyra
Devon Edwards, Cedar Crest; Chris Kreider, Elco
Steven Galbraith, Cedar Crest; Adam Shoemaker, Elco; Geordan Barr, Annville-Cleona; Derek DiAngelis, Northern Lebanon
Evan Horn, Cedar Crest; Mark Pyles, Lebanon
Kevin Bonalle, Cedar Crest
Mark Pyles, Lebanon
Adam Shoemaker, Elco
Anthony Pletz, Annville-Cleona
Coach of the Year
Bob Miller, Elco
Mark Pyles, Lebanon
Derek DiAngelis, Northern Lebanon
Derek Miller, Elco; Alex Graybill, Palmyra; Ethan Harro, Palmyra
Steven Galbraith, Cedar Crest
Adam Gilson, Cedar Crest
Mason Yost, Northern Lebanon
Zach Carley, Elco; Brandon Boger, Annville-Cleona; Tyler Weaver, Northern Lebanon
John Groh, Annville-Cleona; Anthony Pesta, Northern Lebanon
Adam Gilson, Cedar Crest; Kyle Keefer, Elco; Paxton Hayes, Annville-Cleona; John Randolph, Northern Lebanon
Cameron Strause, Elco; Taylor Prentice, Annville-Cleona
Joel Lohr, Palmyra
Tom Weider, Palmyra