Davis' Braden Ruth plays through pain on way to Class 2A title

ALL-STATE FOOTBALL — Braden Ruth knew this season was his last chance at a state title. So after a Week 4 knee injury, when he was offered the possibility of surgery or playing through the pain, the Davis senior chose the pain.
by Scott Wright Published: January 5, 2014

Braden Ruth knew this season was his last chance at a state title.

So after a Week 4 knee injury, when he was offered the possibility of surgery or playing through the pain, the Davis senior chose the pain.

“The first week wasn't too bad, but then it started catching a little bit,” Ruth said. “They told me I could have surgery, or just power through it. I decided to power through it.”

Power is the name of the game for the 6-foot, 245-pound fullback/linebacker. Everything he does is full steam ahead, whether he's carrying the ball, blocking or blowing up ball-carriers.

Though he noticed the knee injury slowing him down a little over the final 11 games, no one else could tell much difference.

Having been to the Class 2A finals twice and lost, Ruth wanted a gold ball before his Davis days were done.

He rushed for 1,642 yards and 32 touchdowns, and had 139 tackles as a senior — no tackle bigger than his last one, stuffing a Millwood run play on fourth-and-1 to clinch the Class 2A title for the Wolves.


by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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