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.


The fact that the referees postponed the game shows that they truly care for the well being of the game and the players. I have respect for the referees.

I think that they should have just played the game. Ants are small and harmless, therefore it would not have been a big deal.

I think that they should have looked at the field before the game when they are getting it ready. If they had done so they would have been able to play the game and it would not have been postponed.