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.


I think that the situation was handled well. If handled differently, players could have tripped up and got hurt, or bitten by the ants.

Postponing the game could have affected the outcome. To some of the home team's players and coaches, they might be angry that they prepared for Friday, then had to wait.

The away team must have been very angry having came all the way out to the stadium, gotten warmed up, then were told they weren't going to play.