Disturbance in stands at high school football game causes panic

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Fans suddenly rushing from the stands stopped Friday night's high school football game between Delaware Military Academy and Howard High School at Wilmington's Abessinio Stadium.

play in the third quarter and Howard leading, 8-0, chaos erupted as fans sprinted for the exits and ran onto the field. Play was stopped and the players retreated to their sidelines.

The stadium falls under the jurisdiction of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control 

"There was a lot of confusion," said Capt. John McDerby, with Delaware Natural Resources Police. "It was a pretty large crowd tonight,

McDerby said that Howard was the home team and for this game had a policy that no one would be admitted after halftime. He said a couple students snuck in through the fence and officers began