They returned to York Suburban High School to honor the 1962 football team, a team unlike any other the school has produced.

Former players came from as far away as California. A senior cheerleader for the 1962 team traveled from the Netherlands with her husband, who watched his first American football game Friday night.

It was a special time, especially for the Class of 1963 -- in town to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

York Suburban won 23 consecutive games from 1960-62.

Half a century ago, Suburban was a new team, a new school. And they were nearly unbeatable. Suburban fielded its first team in 1959, playing as an independent. It joined the upstart York County Interscholastic Athletic Association the next year and began winning.

The Trojans were the first powerhouse in York-Adams league history, the first undefeated and untied champion, the first football team to repeat as league champions.

This was the age of the "Touchdown Twins," when Lin Julius and Rod Albright would line up in the Delaware Wing-T and run by, over or through opposing teams. Even though the two remembered challenging each other in the 100-yard dash, Julius was the faster of the two. Albright was the taller one, a bruising fullback.

Each rushed for more than 2,000 career yards.

Each went away to play college football.

And each gave opposing teams fits.

When the York Sunday News named the league's top 40 players during the league's first 40 years, both men made the list.

Albright, a resident of Huntington Beach, Calif., returned to the school for -- he believed -- the first time in 50 years. After graduating from Gettysburg College, a job with IBM led him to the Los Angeles area, where he remains to this day.

"Every time I came back, the time was spent visiting my parents or family, and I never really had time to come back to Suburban," Albright said. "The old school is the same, and it's a beautiful field. It's neat to see these guys (the 2013 Trojans) play.

"This was a great place to come to school and a great place to play football."

Albright never played football until his ninth-grade home room teacher suggested he try out for the team. His home room teacher just happened to be Suburban head football coach Otto Kneidinger -- a three-year football letterman at Penn State in the 1950s. Kneidinger worked as a college assistant at a number of schools, and he eventually worked as the head coach at West Chester University in the 1980s.

Suburban became a great team under Kneidinger.

"We had a pretty good team," Albright said. "We had a lot of guys who liked to hit, let me tell you, and they liked to play football."

Wearing No. 20 during his playing days, Julius remembered being picked up and carried in front of newspaper photographers to celebrate the Trojans' 20th consecutive victory in his senior season.

The high point may have been the victory against Central York in 1962.

"They were undefeated and we were undefeated," Julius said. "And they had a line that outweighed our line by 20 pounds (per lineman), and they were supposedly going to beat us. There were like 7,000 people here."

Albright nodded in agreement: "It was packed."

Julius remembered driving to the game hours before kickoff so he could get taped before warmups.

"I had a hard time trying to find a parking spot for a game that didn't start until 2 o'clock," Julius said.

York Suburban won 32-6, Julius said.

"How do you remember that?" Albright laughed.

Julius admitted, he had recently looked at the old scores.

The two men joined the rest of the players from the Class of 1963 at halftime of York Suburban's homecoming game against Bermudian Spring to present the school with a 3-foot-tall trophy honoring the 23-game winning streak.

Julius wanted the trophy on display inside the school: "So the kids of the future can see this and strive to do the same thing. We thought it would be a good incentive."

All these years later, the men still have a bond. A link to each other. A link to their old school. As the men laughed and posed for pictures, Frank Snyder Jr. stood alongside them. His father and namesake was a center on the team, but he couldn't attend because of an illness.

"It really has been a unique situation (for the Class of 1963)," Snyder Jr. said. "My father maintained close relationships with a lot of people in his class until he moved out of the area. And he was really disappointed he couldn't make it, so it was important for me to be here so he could have some type of representation."

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