ATLANTIC -- The Atlantic football team’s next home date will have some very special guests.

What’s considered to be the greatest Trojan football class — the class of 1965 — will be honored during Atlantic’s home football contest Sept. 20 vs. Harlan.

AHS activities director Andrew Mitchell made the announcement during the Atlantic School Board meeting Wednesday.

The Trojans went 28-0-1 during their four years in high school, including a perfect 18-0 run during the 1963 and 1964 seasons. That included a perfect record at the Trojan Bowl.

The 1964 team outscored opponents 33-11, and had impressive wins over Creston (33-13), Glenwood (34-13), Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson (33-13), Shenandoah (22-20) and Red Oak (31-13), and capped the year with a 41-6 rout of Harlan.

The most famous member of the Trojan Class of 1965 was Ed Podolak, the quarterback who went on to play for the University of Iowa (as quarterback, halfback and running back) and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Podolak, currently an analyst for the Iowa Hawkeyes’ radio broadcasts, is among the members of that class expected to be at the celebration.

Mitchell said the team’s itinerary for the night includes a steak dinner at the Atlantic Golf and Country Club at 5 p.m., before going to the Trojan Bowl for the game against Harlan, which has a 7 p.m. kickoff. Plans are to seat them in a special area on the track.

After the Trojan Marching Band’s halftime show, the team will take to the field where KSOM radio personality Tom Robinson will introduce members of the team and talk about their accomplishments. Following the game, members will be invited to the country club for more fellowship.

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