False MI Prep Zone: With Mitroka back, Red Devils ready to get back to winning ways PHOTOS
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With Mitroka back, Red Devils ready to get back to winning ways PHOTOS

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A year ago, the Red Devils recorded big wins in their first three games but a season-ending injury to quarterback Andrew Mitroka left the team struggling and they finished with a 5-4 record (3-4 Huron League).

Less than a year after surgery for a torn ACL, Mitroka (6-1, 180) is back at his quarterback season for his senior year and ready to lead Grosse Ile.

Also returning is offensive lineman and linebacker Phil Camilleri (6-2, 230) as a three-year starter.

Max Gilliam (6-0, 215) is back as a lineman on both sides of the ball and Derek Judd (5-11, 145) returns as a running back and defensive back.

Offensive lineman and linebacker Dean Ziberi (6-1, 185) returns to the field, along with running back and defensive back Andrew McAughey (5-7, 145) and wide receiver and free safety, Justin Moores (6-2, 195).

With a smaller roster of 25 players, Coach John Bodner says his team is focused simply staying together.

“We’re a pretty talented team, but we have to make sure that we stay healthy,” he said. “Last year was a perfect example of that.”

A strength for the Red Devils will be a senior class of 12 players, all of whom Bodner expects to help lead the team.

“We’ve got some guys who have played a lot,” he said. “Our weakness is depth; we don’t have a lot of depth.

“This year our numbers are a little bit lower (and) we have a couple injuries already, so we’re pretty thin when it comes to depth, but the guys we have, they’re working hard.”

Heading into 2014, Grosse Ile plans to keep things simple and take it game by game.

“Every week when you play in the Huron League, you’re gonna get great competition, so you can’t look ahead to anybody,” Bodner said. “It’s always gonna be a battle. It’s a tough league and there’s a lot of good coaches and good players.

“Every week you’ve gotta try to battle because every team’s gonna come after you.”

The Red Devils open their season Thursday at Annapolis and will open the Huron League schedule the following Friday when they travel to Huron.

Last Updated: 8/27/2014 7:00:28 PM EST