LEESBURG — On the 25-yard line on the Dacula High School side of the field, they surrounded head coach Clint Jenkins and began to celebrate.

And why not?

This one felt good for the top-ranked Falcons.

Dacula used a bruising ground game to gut two-time defending Class AAAAAA state champion Lee County.

Then its defense cut down the Trojans' high-octane offense en route to a 56-21 victory Friday night in the quarterfinal round of the AAAAAA state football playoffs.

The Falcons (13-0) celebrated as if they had won the state championship.

They could be doing just that if they keep playing like they did Friday night.

"Give credit to our offense," Jenkins said. "Those guys kept coming back again and again. Then we knew we had to slow them down. Against Lee County, that's not an easy thing to do."

Dacula ended Lee County's 12-game postseason winning streak dating back to the 2017 season.

The Falcons will be in the semifinals for the second straight season and they will host Harrison, a winner over Houston County on Friday.

But that will have to wait. They want to enjoy this one for a little while.

Lee County (11-2) answered Dacula's first-half scores and the game was tied at 14 until the Falcons took the lead for good on a 74-yard scamper from Kaleb Edwards. Dacula took a 28-14 lead into halftime.

Quarterback Jarrett Jenkins said he knew they had to keep their momentum going.

"We knew we couldn't let up," he said. "We had to keep our foot on the gas."

On the Falcons' opening possession of the third quarter, Edwards gashed the Lee County defensive front and rambled 61 yards for a score to make it 35-14 at the 10:52 mark.

Then after a defensive stop, Jenkins hit Christopher Scott on a 31-yard touchdown pass at the 8:35 mark as the Falcons took a commanding 42-14 advantage.

While Dacula fans celebrated, Lee fans were stunned. The Trojans hadn't lost in the postseason since falling in the second round of the 2016 playoffs to Mays at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta.

A fumble that Lee County recovered in the end zone for a touchdown at the 6:24 mark of the third quarter gave the Trojans some brief momentum and cut the deficit to 42-21, but the Falcons answered less than a minute left to take a 49-21 lead.

Edwards added a 28-yard dash and the clincher at the 1:32 mark of the third quarter.

"We knew coming in to play at Lee County was going to be tough," Jenkins said. "We have a lot of respect for what they do. They've got some guys. But credit our offense for coming back again and again."

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