One week after taking a step forward by nearly beating the 5A defending state champs, the winless Noblesville Millers stumbled backwards on Friday night.

The Millers (0-5, 0-3 HCC) lost to HCC-foe 5A No. 9 Zionsville (3-2, 1-1 HCC), 41-27, on homecoming night at Hare Chevrolet Field.

Last Friday at Westfield, even in defeat, Noblesville looked much improved from the first three weeks of the season. The Millers took it the Rocks with an aggressive offense that racked up 453 yards and briefly had a lead in the closing minutes.

This week, Noblesville gained only 230 yards and didn't do any real damage until the fourth quarter when Zionsville brought in second and third teamers.

The Eagles dominated in the first half outscoring the Millers 27-3 thanks to two Andrew Broecker touchdown passes, one Tommy Fossett touchdown run and two Chris Freeman field goals.

Noblesville was helpless defensively against Broecker and his bevy of offensive weapons. In fact, Zionsville scored on each of its first six possessions and was not forced to punt until after Broecker was pulled for reserve quarterback Josh Wagner late in the third quarter.

Noblesville head coach Jason Simmons did not hide his disappointment after the game.

"I thought when it came down to it, their guys made plays and our guys did not," Simmons said. "You just have to tip your hat to them."

The lone bright spot for the Millers in the first half was a 48-yard field goal converted by junior kicker Jack Knight.

Zionsville was not done after an impressive first half. Midway through the third quarter, Broecker threw his third touchdown pass, a 51-yarder to Fossett to extend the lead to 34-6.

Broecker finished the night 19-of-32 for 192 yards and three touchdowns along with 108 yards rushing on 14 carries.

The Eagles added another long score, a 78-yard run by Kyle Callahan, to begin the fourth quarter to extend the advantage to 41-6.

At this point, the Miller offense finally came alive. Noblesville scored three touchdowns in the final eight minutes of the game - a four-yard Christian Collier run, a six-yard pass from Grant Gremel to Zach Gruver and an eight-yard Gremel run - to give the final score a respectable appearance, but it was too little too late.

"We made some adjustments in the second half, and (we) certainly moved the ball better," Simmons said. "But we can't wait three quarters to do that. We can't wait three quarters to get a stop."

The winless Millers will try again to get their first victory of the season next Friday night at Hamilton Heights at 7:00 p.m.