Beaufort, Battery Creek high school football game postponed due to potential threat of violence

Beaufort, Battery Creek high school football game postponed due to potential threat of violence

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WTOC) - The Beaufort and Battery Creek high school football game scheduled for Friday night has been postponed due to a threat of violence.

Beaufort High School Athletic Director sent an email to WTOC that states the game is postponed “due to ongoing friction in the community and a potential threat of violence.”

According to parent, Michael Montgomery, the Beaufort High football field looked like a ghost town Friday night.

“It’s never an empty parking lot. Sometimes you can’t even drive your car back here,” Montgomery said.

The cancelled game left the community shocked and the parking lot empty. Drivers stopped by to see why there wasn’t a game. Community members like longtime fan and former coach Jim Carson were greeted to a locked up gridiron.

“It was always the game that everyone looked forward to and everyone in the community showed up,” Carson said.

The statement explained the game was cancelled after input and consideration from the school district and law enforcement. Montgomery said this threat that cancelled the game is disappointing and scary.

“This community is so friendly. We are not known for that kind of stuff,” Montgomery said.

Carson has watched Beaufort High School football for more than 40 years. He’s never seen biggest game of the year cancelled for something this serious.

“There’s always been pranks going on and different things, but nothing major,” Carson said.

The game will be rescheduled at a later date.

“We tend to come out and watch the games. We are anticipating especially the first home game to see how our team is going to be for the year. It’s really disappointing to see that’s there’s not going to be a game,” Carson said.

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