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Grosse Ile crushes Annapolis on opening night PHOTO GALLERY

  • Grosse Ile scored all 47 points of its points in the first half and went on to shut out the host Annapolis Cougars in Week 1. Photo Gallery by Jake Newby

The Red Devils couldn’t have scripted a much better result than they got on the field on Thursday night, looking locked in and ready to roll into Huron League play.

Annapolis on the other hand, knows they have a lot of work to do trying to get a handle on new coach Scott Wiemer’s system and terminology.

Grosse Ile dominated Annapolis in every facet of the game in each team’s season opener, wiping the field with the Cougars 47-0 in Annapolis.

All 47 of Grosse Ile’s points came in the first half.

“It was a good first game,” Grosse Ile coach John Bodner said. “Overall, we played fairly well; good for an opener. We had a short week, lost some practice time because of rain but I thought we did some good things. We committed very few penalties, which is good, but we have a lot to work on, obviously.”

In his first regular season game back since tearing his ACL early last season, Andy Mitroka looked solid for the Red Devils. He hooked up with sophomore Justin Moores and then junior Neil Smorch for two first quarter-touchdown passes and later showed a willingness to run the ball, scoring on a quarterback keeper.

“I’ve been stressing to him that he needs to let the game come to him,” Bodner said. “He did throw one pick but looked pretty good in that area. He ran the ball well, too. Conditioning will be key for him but so far so good.”

The Red Devils’ rushing attack looked stout from start to finish. They came away with four rushing touchdowns to show for it.

Their defense played physical and forced four first-half turnovers. Wiemer said protecting the ball will be atop his wish list as far as improving in practice this week goes.

“We didn’t get off the ball enough. We made way too many mistakes; physical and mental mistakes,” Wiemer said. “We have to cut down on the turnovers. Had way too many of those tonight. We also have to work on the kicking game.”

The Cougars struggled particularly in the punting game, mishandling a couple snaps that wound up going for huge losses on downs. Two other punt attempts were blocked.

Annapolis didn’t mail it in in the second half, however. Although Grosse Ile was in cruise control, they still failed to add to their lead after halftime.

Senior Diallo Matsimela looked active for Annapolis in the second half and came away with two fumble recoveries.

“We just focused on executing plays in the second half,” Wiemer said. “I thought the effort was there after the half, so that’s a good thing. We just focused on blocking and doing the things we had to do to move the ball and get first downs.”

Annapolis will hit the road to take on Romulus next week.

Grosse Ile gets Huron next, also on the road.

“We know Huron’s a really good football team,” Bodner said. “They were 5-4 last year, we were 5-4 last year so it’s going to be really competitive. And to make sure it’s really competitive we’re going to have to really get at it in practice this week.”

Last Updated: 9/3/2014 12:01:58 PM EST