Makai Unitt (4) and members of the Aurora Central football special teams line up before the opening kickoff to the second half of Thursday night’s Homecoming game with Adams City. The game was ended with the Trojans ahead 28-13 in the fourth quarter due to an incident in the surrounding neighborhood. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel Colorado)

AURORA | The sounds of gunshots in the neighborhood surrounding Aurora Public Schools Stadium on the campus of Hinkley High School brought an early end to the Homecoming football game for Aurora Central Thursday night.

With the Trojans leading visiting Adams City 28-13 early in the fourth quarter, the game was halted when shots were heard in the vicinity of the apartment complex just north of the school campus according to Aurora Police Agent Matthew Longshore of the Public Information Officer Media Relations Unit.

Longshore said that off-duty officers working at the game for security investigated and found shell cases, but that there were no reported injuries and no apprehensions.

In light of the information gathered, Aurora Public Schools Athletic Director Casey Powell told the Sentinel he made the decision to clear the field and the stands instead of playing the remaining 10-plus minutes of the game.

“I wasn’t comfortable allowing the game to continue at that point,” Powell said.

Powell said he called Colorado High School Activities Association assistant commissioner Adam Bright, who is in charge of overseeing football, and a decision on whether or not the game will be declared official or if it will be resumed will be made Friday.

Powell will also meet with an incident response team to gather more information about the incident.

“It was close enough that they stopped the game and everyone went underneath the stadium,” Adams City head coach Wade Auld told the Commerce City Sentinel. “It was a little traumatic for a few of our kids but it seemed to calm down as we stayed in the locker room. The game was called and we went home.”

Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports

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