The end of Sachse’s season on Friday served as a microcosm for the last three months.
The Mustangs looked great at times on both sides of the ball, but the missing ingredient was consistency and it cost them, as Skyline was able to rally for a 21-14 victory in a Class 6A Division I bi-district playoff game at Homer B. Johnson Stadium.
The Raiders (5-3) advance to the area round where they will take on No. 1 Duncanville at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kincaide Stadium.
Sachse made the playoffs for the ninth time in the last 10 years, but finishes the season with a 3-6 record, marking the first time since 2009 it has finished below .500.
The Mustangs head into the offseason wondering what might have been.
Sachse outgained Skyline and drove into Raider territory on eight of its 11 possessions, but only walked away with 14 points.
That theme was established on the opening drive, when the Mustangs moved to the Skyline 30 only to turn the ball over on downs.
But the Sachse defense was up to the task during the first quarter, allowing them to win the field position battle and the Mustangs did take advantage early on.
Keyed by a 39-yard pass from Alex Orji to Jagger Roland, Sachse drove 55 yards in six plays, with Orji doing the honors himself on a 8-yard touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead.
After forcing a quick punt, the Mustangs marched 72 yards in 10 plays, with Orji finding Jacorrie Mims for a 33-yard scoring strike to open a 14-0 first-quarter lead.
Skyline finally started to find something on offense, as Darryl Richardson threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Quaydarius Davis to cut the deficit to 14-7 midway through the second quarter.
Sachse threatened to answer right away, but the drive fizzled in Raider territory and they turned the ball over on downs.
Skyline came out firing after halftime, quickly moving down the field and Richardson’s 28-yard scoring pass to Antonio Blair tied it at 14-14.
The Mustangs thought they had regained the lead on a touchdown pass from Orji to Kori Jones, but it was negated by a penalty and they again would come up short on fourth down.
The Sachse defense produced a big play by recovering a Skyline fumble in Raider territory, but after moving down inside the red zone, they again came away empty after missing a field goal.
That would be the Mustangs’ final good chance to put points on the board and the missed opportunities came back to haunt them, as Richardson connected with Davis on a 55-yard touchdown to give the Raiders a 21-14 lead with just 3:40 left.
Sachse was forced to punt on its ensuing drive and that would be the last time they would touch the ball, as Skyline ran out the clock to seal the victory.