Sportscaster Bob McNamara Called Linton’s Ron Oyer One of the Best

Quite awhile back,  local TV sportscaster Bob McNamara  called Albany’s Charlie Leigh and Linton’s Ron Oyer the Capital Region’s two best high school football players.  Oyer was a California import who led the Blue Devils to a 7-1 season in 1961 under coach Dick Lalla. The only loss coming at the hands of powerhouse Easton High School of  Pennsylvania. He was named to the All-America Team.  A rugged running back, Oyer scored 21 touchdowns the ’61 season.  He was a punishing linebacker on defense, and many coaches and sportswriters thought he was a better defender than he was a running back.  With Oyer at the inside linebacker position, no section II team scored against Linton in 1961.  The 1961 Thom McCan Player of the year, his jersey (no. 22) was retired by Linton.  Oyer also excelled in track and field, and he was the New York state shot put champion, and third place finisher in the discuss throw in 1962.  He played his college football at Syracuse and started in Orangemen backfields alongside Jim Nance, Floyd Little and Larry Csonka.  Syracuse was ranked 12th in the nation in 1963 and 1964.  They also had the number one rushing offense in the country in 1964.  The Orangemen played in the 1965 Sugar Bowl against LSU.  Oyer was the Orangemen football captain.

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