Jacob Unruh
Sports Reporter

Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the Tahlequah Daily Press and the Tulsa World. From there, Unruh spent three years at the Lawton Constitution covering prep sports and Oklahoma football before joining The Oklahoman sports staff.

  • OSSAA announces Class 5A championship site among other neutral sites

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced the dates and sites Saturday for several championship and semifinal matchups next week, including the Class 5A state championship game that has yet to have one participant determined. The game will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Yukon High School. Collinsville awaits the winner of Monday’s game between Altus and McGuinness. The Class B championship with Davenport and Keota is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Muskogee. The Class 4A state championship — a rematch between defending champion Wagoner and Oologah — is at 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso. The Class 3A state semifinal between defending champion Heritage Hall and Lone Grove is also set for 7

  • High school football: Heritage Hall's Terrell Love leads way to rout of Hilldale following injury scare

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: 23 hr ago

    Heritage Hall (13-0) will play Lone Grove (10-3) next week at a neutral site and date to be determined.

  • Live Coverage: Prep Football Playoffs

    From Staff Reports | Yesterday

    Follow live updates of tonight's high school football playoffs from our prep coverage team and more from around the web.

  • OSSAA announces Class C semifinal postponements

    Jacob Unruh | Yesterday

    Inclement weather is getting the best of some high school football playoff games Friday.  The Class 5A state semifinal scheduled between Altus and McGuinness in Lawton was postponed until Monday at 7 p.m.  The postponement joins the Class C semifinals, which the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Friday morning that both Class C state semifinal football games were postponed until Monday evening. The game between Cherokee and Coyle at Enid High School will kick off at 6 p.m. The game between Grandfield and Shattuck at Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford will kick off at 7 p.m. In Class 3A, Lincoln Christian and Sulphur will play at 7

  • Guide to No. 3 Washington at Prague

    Jacob Unruh | Yesterday

    When: 7:30 p.m., Friday Where: Prague High School, 1100 Bluebell Rd., Prague Records: Washington 11-1, 6-0 District 2A-3 (first); Prague 8-4, 4-2 District 2A-5 (third) Last week: Washington 35, Hennessey 17— The Warriors rallied in the second half from a three-point deficit, scoring on the first three possessions to take control and advance. Prague 31, Hulbert 6 — Running back Calvin Boyce rushed for close to 150 yards and score two touchdowns — both in the first quarter — to help Prague win its second straight road game to open the postseason. Players to watch: Washington — Jarod Andrews, FB/LB.

  • Guide to No. 4 Jones at No. 8 Roland

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Roland High School, 200 Freeferry Dr., Roland Records: Jones 12-0, 6-0 District 3A-3 (first); Roland 11-1, 6-0 District 3A-8 (first) Last week: Jones 54, Douglass 21 — Quarterback Brandon George accounted for six touchdowns — five in the air — as the Longhorns rolled behind big play after big play to the quarterfinals. Roland 54, Victory Christian 21 — The combination of Manny Bunch and Sirvante Knauls was too much for high-powered Victory Christian, racking up more than 300 yards on the ground. Players to watch: Jones — Ty Hughes, DL.

  • Guide to No. 5 Hilldale at No. 1 Heritage Hall

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    When: 7:30 p.m., Friday Where: Heritage Hall, 1800 N.W. 122nd, Oklahoma City Records: Hilldale 12-0, 6-0 District 3A-6 (first); Heritage Hall 12-0, 6-0 District 3A-1 (first) Last week: Hilldale 57, Sequoyah-Tahlequah 21 — Hilldale overwhelmed Sequoyah-Tahlequah, scoring on eight of its first nine possessions while also slowing down Indians running back Justin Hooper to remain undefeated on the year. Heritage Hall 63, Plainview 21 — Heritage Hall rolled right along, this time scoring three touchdowns by the midway point of the first quarter and getting another balanced attack from its offensive weapons. Players to watch: Hilldale — Mitchell Croftcheck, QB/S.

  • Guide to Class 5A semifinal: No. 3 Altus vs. No. 5 McGuinness

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Cameron Stadium, 2800 W. Gore Blvd., Lawton Records: Altus 11-1, 6-1 District 5A-1 (second); McGuinness 10-2, 7-0 District 5A-2 (first) Last week: Altus 59, Coweta 34 — Altus’ offense was at its best, racking up 485 rushing yards in the dominant performance that featured three 100-yard rushers, including star Taven Birdow’s 126 yards and three touchdowns. The Bulldogs also forced four turnovers. McGuinness 41, McAlester 40 — Receiver Matt Chancellor caught 12 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns, including the decisive score after he recovered an onside kick to rally the Irish from a 14-point deficit and earn The Oklahoman’s Player of the Week

  • Guide to No. 2 Hollis at No. 8 Cashion

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    When: 1 p.m., Friday Where: Cashion High School, 101. N. Euclid, Cashion Records: Hollis 12-0, 6-0 District A-2 (first); Cashion 10-2, 6-0 District A-5 (first) Last week: Hollis 34, Minco 21 — Hollis trailed in the second half, but rallied behind its rushing attack and Kameron Coronado, who rushed for 119 yards, and stout defense that held Minco scoreless in the final quarter. Cashion 50, Ketchum 20 — Senior quarterback Matt Harman had another big game, this time throwing for 346 yards and five touchdowns in the rout for a ninth straight victory. Players to watch: Hollis — Gunnar Ewing, QB. Last week, Ewing looked like a dual-threat more than just a running quarterback.

  • Guide to Class C semifinal: No. 4 Coyle vs. No. 1 Cherokee

    Jacob Unruh | Yesterday

    When: 6 p.m., Monday Where: D. Bruce Selby Stadium, 801 W. Iowa Ave., Enid Records: Coyle 12-0, 7-0 District C-3 (first); Cherokee 11-0, 7-0 District C-1 (first) Last week: Coyle 30, Tipton 24 — Quarterback Jared Weathers delivered a big performance with 180 total yards and a touchdown along with 18 tackles and five sacks at linebacker to lift Coyle past defending champion Tipton to its first ever semifinal. Cherokee 50, Timberlake 0 — Cherokee’s defense delivered the second shutout of the postseason for the team as Austin Guffy scored four touchdowns in the rout. Players to watch: Coyle — DeShaun Anderson, RB.

  • Guide to Class B semifinal: No. 2 Davenport vs. No. 4 Dewar

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Beggs High School, 1201 W. 9th St., Beggs Records: Davenport 12-0, 7-0 District B-3 (first); Dewar 11-1, 8-1 District B-4 (second) Last week: Davenport 62, Geary 16 — Davenport jumped to a 44-0 halftime lead thanks to a suffocating defense that shut down Geary’s potent rushing attack. Tanner Lyon also had a big night with two interceptions and a fumble recovery in the end zone. Dewar 62, Seiling 42 — Taber Hicks scored on an 8-yard run with 3:05 left in the third to give Dewar the lead for good in a game that featured 662 rushing yards from the Dragons. Players to watch: Davenport — Hunter Reed, QB/FS. The senior entered the postseason accounting

  • Friday Night Lights: How OU strength coach Jerry Schmidt’s daughter, Aubrey, became Washington’s best kicker

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    Jerry Schmidt likes to remind people that Aubrey is his daughter — a competitor. That’s why he was openly excited when she approached him with the idea of joining the Washington High School football team as the placekicker a few weeks into the season.

  • How OU strength coach Jerry Schmidt’s daughter, Aubrey, became Washington’s best kicker

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Aubrey Schmidt needed to find a way to pass the time. Kicking did that. Schmidt first started kicking into practice nets to help entertain her younger brother Sam during Oklahoma football workouts as a child while their father Jerry was working. “She'd go down there just to get him to shut up,” said Schmidt, OU's longtime strength and conditioning coach. A dedicated soccer player and runner, Aubrey was a natural. Yet nobody saw her ability translating to the football field, even her father. Jerry likes to remind people, though, that Aubrey is his daughter — a competitor. That's why he was openly excited when she approached with the idea of joining the Washington High School football team as

  • OKC Dodgers hosting 5K, Fun Run on Dec. 19

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Dodgers are hosting the inaugural OKC Dodger Dash 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, Dec. 19 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Entry fee for the 5K is $30 and $25 for the Fun Run per runner. Registration will be available the day of the race, but for $35 for all runners. Registration, which includes a long sleeve shirt, running bib and time chip, is available at www.okcdodgers.com. For an additional $10, runners will also have special access to the OKC Dodgers Snow Tubing Winter Festival that morning.

  • OKC Dodgers pitching coach Scott Radinksy named Angels' bullpen coach

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Oklahoma City Dodgers pitching coach Scott Radinksy is moving back to Los Angeles, but not for the Dodgers. Radinsky joined the Los Angeles Angels as the bullpen coach, the Angels announced Wednesday. His exit completes a total shakeup of the OKC staff. The Dodgers did not retain OKC manager Damon Berryhill or hitting coach Franklin Stubbs following a season in which Oklahoma City posted the best record in the Pacific Coast League during the regular season. The only coach that remains is Johnny Washington.  No replacements have been named. Radinsky spent the past three seasons as a minor league pitching coach for the Dodgers. He pitched 11 seasons in the big leagues with the Chicago White Sox,

  • OSSAA approves two more playoff time changes

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    With inclement weather expected around the state Friday, a few more schools received approval from the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association to move up their kickoff times. In Class A, Cashion’s home game with undefeated Hollis is now set for 1 p.m. In Class 2A, Chisholm will host Vian at 2 p.m. The OSSAA had already approved Locust Grove and Lone Grove to kick off at 1 p.m.

  • OSSAA announces online ticket sales for Class 6A football championships

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced Wednesday that tickets for next week’s Class 6A-I and Class 6A-II championship games are now available online at www.ossaa.com. In Class 6A-I, three-time defending champion Jenks faces Broken Arrow at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. The Class 6A-II matchup features defending champion Bixby against Sand Springs at Tulsa Union High School. Tickets for each game are $7. Fox Sports Oklahoma will televise the Class 6A-I game, while the NFHS Network will broadcast the Class 6A-II, Class B and Class C championship games on www.nfhsnetwork.com, which is a pay-per-view site.

  • High school football: Blake Adams has turned Heritage Hall's quarterback concerns into strength

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Adams has been calm and collected ever since, turning what many considered a question mark for Class 3A defending state champion Heritage Hall entering the year into a strength entering Friday’s 7:30 p.m. state quarterfinal matchup with undefeated Hilldale.

  • Washington's Jarod Andrews wins Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Washington fullback Jarod Andrews pulled away Tuesday in The Oklahoman’s Fans’ Choice Player of the Week poll, beating Davenport’s Tanner Lyon in the highest vote total of the season. Andrews totaled 1,611 votes, while Lyon totaled 1,269. A total of 4,411 votes were cast for seven different players, a season high. Andrews rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns in the Warriors’ 35-17 win over Hennessey in the Class 2A playoffs. Washington travels to Prague for a state quarterfinal matchup at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Oklahoman’s staff pick for player of the week — Matt Chancellor of McGuinness — finished third with 732 votes. Watch NewsOK.com/Varsity on Saturday for the

  • Wes Welker Foundation awards grants to local schools

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    The Wes Welker Foundation awarded six grants worth a total of $113,030 Tuesday to six local schools and organizations for the 2015 Fall Grant Cycle. The grants will be distributed to five high schools — Douglass, John Marshall, SeeWorth Academy, Millwood and Northwest Classen — and Oklahoma Cleats for Kids. Douglass received funds for video recorders, while John Marshall’s funds are for weight room and football training equipment. Millwood’s funds will go to weight room equipment and basketball training equipment, and Northwest Classen’s to track and field equipment along with an end zone camera system for football. SeeWorth Academy received funds for football and basketball

Jacob Unruh Today at 8:36 PM Wife and I were just talking about that! Not a good look. https://t.co/NZPPxsH50e
Jacob Unruh Today at 7:55 PM RT @sarahcphipps: Going to hospital. Got knocked over by another camera guy and broke my leg on monopod. I'm okay
Jacob Unruh Today at 7:46 PM Oh man. Thoughts with her. https://t.co/5Q0pd2T4NG
Jacob Unruh Today at 3:07 PM Former OKC RedHawk and @ash_rk's favorite player. https://t.co/jTuTkvSt2R
Jacob Unruh Today at 2:32 PM OSSAA announces Class 5A championship site among other neutral sites https://t.co/M9dawX7W2q #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Today at 2:16 PM @garrettmj97 It's crazy. I'll be rooting for Penn State this afternoon.
Jacob Unruh Today at 2:13 PM @garrettmj97 This just shows how dominant they could have been all season. So disappointing.
Jacob Unruh Today at 2:12 PM @MikeBoogie74 You also have to consider quality of the site, price for OSSAA, etc. And they work with the schools during selection as well
Jacob Unruh Today at 2:11 PM @garrettmj97 That would be the one!
Jacob Unruh Today at 2:07 PM Class A semifinal between Cashion and Ringling is 7 p.m. Friday at Noble. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Today at 2:02 PM @cowboywinders and in Class 5A and 6A, odd-numbered year means OSSAA picks site on west side of state in OKC area.
Jacob Unruh Today at 2:00 PM @cowboywinders @MikeBoogie74 Just checked the OSSAA football manual. Says nothing about equal distance. Only says semifinals at neutral site
Jacob Unruh Today at 1:58 PM Class B state championship between Davenport and Keota is 7 p.m. Friday at Muskogee. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Today at 1:57 PM Class 2A semifinal between Haskell and Prague is 7 p.m. Friday at Beggs. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Today at 1:57 PM Class 4A state championship between Wagoner and Oologah is 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso High School. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Today at 1:56 PM Class 5A state championship game scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Yukon. Collinsville awaits winner of Altus-McGuinness. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Today at 1:49 PM Where has this Ohio State team been?!
Jacob Unruh Today at 1:47 PM @MikeBoogie74 where would halfway be that can host?
Jacob Unruh Today at 12:37 PM RT @BarryLewisTW: Football: Wagoner will meet Oologah in Class 4A title game Friday at Owasso https://t.co/j0pVkdsHQH via @OKPrepsExtra #ok…
Jacob Unruh Today at 12:14 PM Class 3A state semifinal between Heritage Hall and Lone Grove is at 7 p.m. Friday in Moore, according to coach Brett Bogert. #OKPreps