Fire ants delay SC high school football game (AP)

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 08:14

A game in South Carolina was postponed Friday after the referee decided the field was unplayable because of fire ants. Referee Steve Hook says he found 15 to 20 large active fire ant mounds shortly before the game.

Hook says he was worried about players, coaches and officials. Bruce Hulion with the South Carolina High School League says officials properly handled the safety issue.

The home team, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, tried digging up the ant piles and pouring salt on them before the game was postponed. One fan offered to bring fire-ant poison.

The field was deemed ready Monday night. Calhoun County beat the home team 19-8.


Couldn't they just have asked the other school to move the game to their football field instead of postponing the game, I feel sorry for the others having to pay for their tickets and not getting to enjoy the game

I never really thought an ant situation could get this out of hand. I also never expected it to happen on a school football field.

The officials were very wise on postponing the game. If they haven't who knows what would've happened to all the players and others. I have to say the referees were very considerate for the players safety and well-being.