The Mount View football team had its high school gridiron game against Washington Academy of East Machias — and, ultimately, a berth in the Eastern Class D playoffs — in its collective hands on Saturday, Oct. 26.

However, the Raiders, also in the mix for that same regional playoff spot, had other plans.

The visitors scored with just over two minutes to play and the Mustangs could not drive for the game-winning score. Thus, the hosts fell 35-33 to the Raiders in both teams' regular-season finale.

The loss left Mount View (3-5) on the outside looking in at the postseason, while the win gave Washington Academy (3-5) the region's final playoff spot.

The No. 6 Raiders will travel to face No. 3 Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln (7-1) over the weekend in the first round of the playoffs.

On Saturday, Steven Davis rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns for Mount View, while Kenny McGray also scored a touchdown for the hosts.

Cole Hannon was 5-of-9 at quarterback for the 'Stangs, while Alex Bennett booted three extra points.

The Mustangs trailed 29-21 with 5:21 to play when Davis scored on a 29-yard run and were down 29-27 after the failed two-point conversion attempt.

Mount View then went for — and recovered — an onside kick to give the hosts new life.

Davis then rushed for a 50-yard touchdown on the first play of the drive to give Mount View a 33-29 lead after another failed two-point conversion attempt.

Washington Academy then scored on a 12-yard touchdown run with 2:05 left to take a 35-33 cushion.

Mount View then threw an interception on the team's next drive and the Raiders ran out the clock.

“I think, as luck would have it, we actually scored too quickly after we recovered the onside kick,” said Mount View coach Harold "Haggie" Pratt. “We left Washington Academy's offense five minutes to score and when we got the ball back, we didn't have field position nor enough time to run our base offense.”

Chris Spaulding had 20 tackles to lead Mount View's defense, while Davis and Hannon recovered a fumble in the loss.

Despite the team's final loss, the first-year Mustang coach said the future is bright for the program.

“Mount View Football looks to have great potential over the next few years,” he said. “If our kids look around the league and note the remarkable turnaround of Maine Central Institute and Mattanawcook [Academy] and the constant reloading [of] Orono and Bucksport, [the message] should be that hard work always pays off. We are hoping for a good offseason and a possible playoff spot down the road.”