BIG SPRING - Whatever chance Winters had of capturing a Region I-2A Division II bi-district championship may have been left on the field in the form of yellow handkerchiefs Thursday at Memorial Stadium.

BIG SPRING - Whatever chance Winters had of capturing a Region I-2A Division II bi-district championship may have been left on the field in the form of yellow handkerchiefs Thursday at Memorial Stadium.

Hit with 11 penalties for 102 yards, including a holding call on a would-be 85-yard touchdown pass in the first half, the Blizzards fell to Wink 38-22 to close their season at 5-6.

Josh Riley rushed for 142 yards and C.J. Mercier added 135 more to lead Wink (7-4), which rushed for 289 total yards.

For Winters, the loss snapped a four-game winning streak, which saw the Blizzards rally from a 1-5 start to earn District 6-2A Div. II's No. 2 playoff seed.

"It came down to penalties in the entire first half," Winters coach Matt McCarty said. "Any time we'd get ahead of the chains, we'd have a penalty and it would put us behind the chains.

"The things we were doing were working, but we killed ourselves with penalties."

Turning point: With Winters cutting the deficit to 14-8 in the third quarter, Wink recaptured the momentum with a 3-yard touchdown run by Mercier at the 4:19 mark, after which the Wildcats held Winters at bay the rest of the night.

Wink advances to face Munday (7-3) or Era (4-6) in the area round. Winters closes its season at 5-6.

"There's not one person who would have put is in second place with a playoff game here," McCarty said. "What got us here was the fight of our kids and they resemble our town and our community."