BELLEVIEW — Organized flag football is still a fresh sport in Florida high schools. But the Belleview Rattlers appear seasoned.


Sixty-five yards in five plays was all the Rattlers needed to get the ball rolling en route to their 28-0 win over the Citrus Hurricanes.


Belleview senior Sierra Harris produced back-to-back plays of 30 plus yards — one through the air and one with her legs.


After forcing the Hurricanes into a quick three-and-out, the Rattlers’ explosive offense returned to the field, primed on Citrus’ 25-yard line.


For the second consecutive drive, Harris torched the ‘Canes’ defense. Belleview’s senior captain capped the drive with a 9-yard scoring rush to extend the Rattlers’ lead to 14-0.


“Sierra is a very good athlete,” Belleview’s Jeff Brewer said of his senior powerhouse. “Last year she was all-state honorable mention, she’s probably going to be better than that this year.”


Meanwhile, Belleview’s defensive unit was a force of their own.


After taking the two-score lead, Citrus threatened to convert their initial first down of the contest. The Hurricanes needed a single yard for a first down. And they had three downs to get the job done.


However, the Rattlers dug their heels into the ground and denied the Hurricanes, forcing a turnover on downs.


But going the distance wasn’t the only way Belleview regained control of the football. The Rattlers also managed to force a number of takeaways throughout the night.


Late in the first half, Citrus’ offense was finally making strides towards Belleview’s endzone.


However, sophomore Tia Dantzler put an abrupt end to the Hurricanes’ drive as she came up with an interception to take the Rattlers into halftime.


Junior Sophia Spata and Harris each recorded an interception of their own, giving Belleview a plus-3 turnover margin on the night and helping the Rattlers to their third shutout this season.


“These girls have bought into defense,” Brewer said. “This is our third shutout in four games. They fly around...We practice defense hard. We do flag-pulling drills every day and we put them in the gauntlet and make them work. And they do.”


By game’s end, Harris added one more touchdown to her stat line, completing a short 50/50 reception from Spata to bring the score to 21-0.


Additionally, Spata found her piece of the pie on the ground as she bounced around the left side for a two-yard score.


The Rattlers, who competed in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Preseason Classic last weekend and downed Vanguard on Tuesday, continue to mature as a team. But according to Brewer, there has been one area of exponential growth.


“Really, just confidence,” Brewer said. “We have a lot of young kids… We’re playing a lot of freshmen and sophomores. They’ve had to step up and fill in and play.”


Belleview, who improved to 4-0 on Thursday, will return home on Tuesday to play a double-header against Suwannee and Dunnellon at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively.