“Our defense executed our plan incredibly,” Scheib said. “And it was great to have a weapon like Rice. He allowed us to score, and that made good things happen. He is ranked in the top 10 high school kickers in the country.”
Meanwhile, the Noblesville defense yielded just 26 passing yards and kept Brownsburg workhorse rusher Toks Akinribade mostly in check, save for two fourth quarter rushes good for 65 yards. The rest of his carries went for 39 yards.
“We are used to going up and down the field,” Comer said. “Everybody knows we are going to run the football. They loaded the box against us, and their defense played very well.”
Noblesville held a 10-0 lead at halftime, scoring its lone touchdown off a double-reverse from McKiernan to Hayden Stinnett to Zach Cable for 23 yards.
Thanks to Rice, that lead grew to 16-0 before Akinribade put the Bulldogs on his shoulders late in the third quarter and scored a 1-yard run to open the fourth quarter.
The Millers quickly answered with their other touchdown, which proved to be the game-clincher when McKiernan connected with Jarel Youree for a 47-yard pass.
Brownsburg will take to the road for the first time in 2013 next Friday as the Bulldogs take on Hamilton Southeastern.