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SHELBY, N.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) – A small herd of goats caused plenty of problems for a North Carolina high school hoping to play a home football game on senior night.

The Shelby Star reports that nearly a dozen goats were released in the Burns High School stadium in Cleveland County Thursday night or Friday morning. School officials say the goats caused enough of a mess to force the game against Rutherfordton-Spindale Central to be moved.

The prank raised concern because of a recent outbreak of E. coli cases associated with the Cleveland County Fair west of Charlotte this month. Burns Athletic Director Eddy Taylor said health department officials came to the school and told them the game would have to be moved.

“The health department was here about 2:30 p.m. and told us we would need to do this,” Taylor told the paper.

Other activities scheduled at Burns on Friday also had to be moved.

“Fortunately, this year we had about 300 tickets sold in advance,” Clint Shuford, Burns soccer coach, told the Shelby Star. “It will hurt our walk-up sales. A lot of people that would come eat and go to the game would have to do something different.”

As a former athlete, he couldn’t believe what happened.

“If I was a senior, I’d have hated for my senior game to be have to played at Crest,” he added.

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