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Fire ants take the sting out of 2 S. Carolina football games

Fire Ant (File/Thinkstock)

NEESES, S.C. (AP) -- Officials had to move two high school football games in South Carolina because the fields were infested with fire ants.

Coaches and administrators at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler in Orangeburg County and Lee Central in Lee County say they are taking measures so they can keep their next home games at their fields.

Buford football coach Tripp Watts told The State newspaper that the head referee at Lee Central didn't realize he was standing in a fire ant pile last Friday night when talking to the coaches before the game and started dancing around as the ants stung him.

Lee Central lost to Buford and Hunter-Kinard-Tyler lost to Wagener-Salley after the games were moved.

According to a report by The Times and Democrat in Orangeburg, as many as 50 ant beds were found on the H-K-T field. The school had to refund about $2,000 to fans.

It's unknown if the games for this Friday were moved.

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