Fire ants delay SC high school football game (AP)

class 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.


I think that the games shouldn't have been cancelled, because the football players wear lots of equiptment and I think that it would protect them from some of fire ants.

I feel like if someone brouhgt fire ant poison to kill the fire ants it would be somewhat harmful to the football players well being. So I feel like that would be a bad idea.

I think that the ref was justified with cancelling the game because he was just worried about the players and it's just highschool football and it's not that important.