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.


First of all, I actually think that it is very funny that we can read about this. Ants do not seem like that much of a problem, but it is obvious that they definetely can be.

I am not sure if I would have cancelled or postponed the game, that would have been a tough decision to make. Upset crowds and unhappy fans would for sure be a result of the decision.

In the end, I can understand why they did it. Safety is a huge issue especially when it comes to high school sports. If we treat the risk of concussions very carefully then we should also be careful with harmful insects on the playing field.