High school football game moved due to murders

September 29, 2010 3:27:29 PM PDT
Fears of violent retaliation for two murders now prompting a high school in Connecticut to reschedule its football game.

Afternoons are fine for practice, but for the Stamford high school football team, nothing beats playing under the lights. This week however the start time for Friday's game has been moved up to 3:30.

The switch is for safety reasons. This weekend there was a double homicide at the Southwood Square housing complex. One victim was from Stamford, the other Norwalk. Police say the killings were gang related and there's fear there may be retribution when Stamford plays Brien McMahon high school which is in Norwalk.

Police say they're not worried about something happening during the game or in the stands, the concern is after the final whistle.

Friday's game was expected to draw thousands as players from five state championship teams were scheduled to be honored. That has been postponed.

Police will double the number of officers normally on hand for a football game.

They say they hope to make quick arrests in the case, which could mean the time change will be just a one time occurrence.