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.

  • High school football: Class B bracket breakdown

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Best first-round matchup — Laverne at Alex: It's a rematch of last season's championship game, which Alex won 68-64. Alex has dominated its entire schedule, and Laverne has won six straight. Team to watch — Geary: Last season was the team's first playoff appearance in nearly three decades. The Bison are 9-1 after a Week 10 loss to Alex, but it remains a very dangerous team behind a defense that has four shutouts. Darkhorse contender — Davenport: The defense has allowed just 38 points this season and none since Week 7. Nobody has scored more than 16 points against the Bulldogs since Weleetka scored 16 in Week 1, while Davenport has not scored less than 46.

  • High school football: Class C bracket breakdown

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Roughest road — Boise City: This doesn't necessarily have to do with the path to a championship as much as the path to the first-round game in Tipton. The distance between the two communities is 296 miles, a 41/2-hour drive. Should Boise City win, it likely goes to Coyle, which is 331 miles and more than 5 hours away.   Team to watch — Coyle: Led by quarterback Jared Weathers, the Bluejackets have looked unstoppable this season with 10 routs. Around Weathers, LaShay Johnson is a huge threat as he's coming off a Week 10 performance of 210 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.   Darkhorse contender — Shattuck: Shattuck may not be a popular pick to win the title, but you can never count out the

  • Stillwater graduate Brett Anderson agrees to Dodgers' qualifying offer

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Stillwater graduate Brett Anderson became the third player this offseason to accept a one-year qualifying offer when he agreed to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. Anderson will make $15.8 million if he does not agree to a different contract with the Dodgers. Here's to being back in Dodger Blue for at least another year. — Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson35) November 13, 2015 Anderson was 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA in his first season with the Dodgers. The oft-injured left-hander threw 180 1/3 innings, the most since 2010. He is the son of former Oklahoma State baseball coach Frank Anderson.

  • High school football: Class 3A bracket breakdown

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Team to watch — John Marshall: The Bears' lone hiccup this season was a loss to Meeker. Otherwise, they've been dominant with running back Devonte Lee rushing for well over 1,000 yards behind top recruit Tramonda Moore. Player to watch — Nyc Burns, Berryhill: The senior quarterback is making his way onto recruiter's radars with his dual-threat style. He's passed for 2,142 yards and 26 touchdowns while also rushing for 478 yards and eight TDs. Roughest road — Locust Grove: After falling short in the semifinals last season, Mason Fine and Co. have only thought of taking that next step. But that may have to go through a tough side of the bracket with defending champion Heritage Hall, Berryhill, Beggs, Lone Grove,

  • High school football playoffs: Class 4A bracket breakdown

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Team to watch, darkhorse contender and best first-round matchup

  • High school football playoffs: Class 5A bracket breakdown

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Player to watch, best first-round matchup and more

  • Guide to No. 5 Ardmore at No. 8 Deer Creek

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    When: 7:30 p.m., Friday Where: Deer Creek High School, 6101 N.W. 206th, Edmond Records: Ardmore 8-2, 5-2 District 5A-1 (third); Deer Creek 7-3, 5-2 District 5A-2 (second) Last week: Ardmore 30, Duncan 24 — Ardmore’s Jeremiah Johnson returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown in the final seconds to seal a dramatic victory, third in the district and end Duncan’s season. Deer Creek 27, Guthrie 20 — Quarterback Clayton Sims had both of his top targets Zach Kerstetter and Noah McGraw healthy, and it showed. He threw for 310 yards and a touchdown as the Antlers clinched a home playoff game. Players to watch: Ardmore — O.J. Walker, RB.

  • Guide to No. 6 Mustang at No. 2 Broken Arrow

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    When: 7:30 p.m., Friday Where: Broken Arrow High School, 1901 E. Albany St., Broken Arrow TV: Cox 703 Records: Mustang 7-3, 4-3 District 6AI-2 (fourth); Broken Arrow 9-1, 7-0 District 6AI-1 (first) Last week: Mustang 56, Moore 9 — The revitalized Broncos piled up more than 500 yards of offense in the rout to clinch a playoff spot. Broken Arrow 45, Edmond Memorial 7 — The Tigers forced five turnovers and running back Jamall Shaw set the school’s single season rushing record with 185 yards in the first half. Players to watch: Mustang — Chandler Garrett, QB. The Wyoming commitment was impressive last week, completing 21 of 26 passes for 299 yards and five scores.

  • Guide to No. 8 Harrah at No. 6 Cache

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Cache High School, 102 E. H Ave., Cache Records: Harrah 6-3, 4-2 District 4A-2 (third); Cache 8-2, 6-1 District 4A-1 (second) Last week: Ada 36, Harrah 33 — Ada sophomore kicker Jason McFarlane hit a game-winning 20-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Cougars to a home playoff game. Cache 56, Woodward 31 — Cache’s turnaround was complete with a 400-yard offensive output in the rout that displayed the Bulldogs’ newfound power entering the playoffs. Players to watch: Harrah — Grant Martin, RB. Last year’s state leading rusher, Martin has been on a roll lately. Two weeks ago, he rushed for 424 yards and three touchdowns.

  • Guide to Weatherford at No. 3 Tuttle

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    When: 7:30 p.m., Friday Where: Tuttle High School, 102 N. Cimarron, Tuttle Records: Weatherford 7-3, 4-3 District 4A-1 (fourth); Tuttle 10-0, 6-0 District 4A-2 (first) Last week: Weatherford 28, Anadarko 0 — Weatherford handed Anadarko its first regular season home loss since Oct. 15, 2009, with a shutout, taking advantage of a the Warriors resting key players due to injuries. Tuttle 2, Glenpool 0 (Oct. 30) — Two weeks ago, a snap over Glenpool’s punter out of the end zone on the game’s opening drive was the only scoring in a rain storm that shut down both offenses. Players to watch: Weatherford — Dyllan Haworth, OL/DL.

  • Guide to No. 7 Edmond Santa Fe at No. 4 Southmoore

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Moore Schools Stadium, 300 N. Eastern, Moore Radio: KRXO-FM 107.7/KTOK-AM 1000 Records: Edmond Santa Fe 6-4, 4-3 District 6AI-1 (third); Southmoore 9-1, 6-1 District 6AI-2 (second) Last week: Edmond Santa Fe 41, Norman 14 — Behind two big special teams plays, the Wolves scored 41 points in the first half to roll to the victory and the postseason for the first time since 2013. Southmoore 38, Norman North 35 — Kicker Chris Nemecek hit a 42-yard field goal with 3:21 remaining that provide the difference in a wild game featured two high-powered offenses duking it out. Previous meeting: Southmoore 34, Edmond Santa Fe 31 (Sept.

  • Guide to Guthrie at No. 3 Altus

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    When: 7:30 p.m., Friday Where: Altus High School, 400 N Park Ave, Altus Radio: Triple Play Sports 105.1 FM Online radio: www.guthriesportspage.com Records: Guthrie 6-3, 5-2 District 5A-2 (third); Altus 9-1. 6-1 District 5A-2 (second) Last week: Deer Creek 27, Guthrie 20 — Guthrie couldn’t slow down Deer Creek’s passing game, allowing 310 yards to Clayton Sims as Deer Creek took second in the district. Altus 68, Northwest Classen 21 — Altus jumped to a 42-0 lead and sat its starting lineup down for the game late in the first to rest the remainder of the game. Players to watch: Guthrie — Rowdy Reihs, LB.

  • Guide to Carl Albert at No. 1 Lawton MacArthur

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Cameron Stadium, 2800 W. Gore Blvd., Lawton Records: Carl Albert 6-4, 4-3 District 5A-2 (fourth); Lawton MacArthur 10-0, 7-0 District 5A-1 (first) Last week: Carl Albert 58, Southeast 9 — In the final tuneup before the playoffs, the Titans’ passing game was potent with six combined touchdown passes from Braxton Dickerson and Johnny Bizzell to six different receivers. Lawton MacArthur 50, El Reno 14 — Quarterback JR Winningham set a career-high with 366 yards passing and five touchdowns in the rout, which featured the Highlanders scoring 50 straight points after falling behind 6-0 a few minutes into the game. Players to watch: Carl Albert —

  • Guide to Del City at No. 7 McGuinness

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Pribil Stadium, 801 N.W. 50th, Oklahoma City Records: Del City 6-4, 4-3 District 5A-1 (fourth); McGuinness 8-2, 7-0 District 5A-2 (first) Last week: Del City 56, Chickasha 20 — Senior quarterback Terry Wilson had a big night, accounting for five touchdowns in the rout that helped seal a playoff spot. McGuinness 35, Piedmont 20 — Quarterback Jacob Mullins threw three touchdowns and running back Zach Segell had a big night as the Irish rolled to a perfect district record. Players to watch: Del City — Wilson, QB. The Oregon commitment is a walking highlight reel. A dual-threat with the ball, Wilson has the ability to change the game at all times on offense.

  • Former OKC Dodgers reliever Juan Gonzalez signs with St. Louis

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    One of Oklahoma City’s top relievers is not returning next season. Right-handed pitcher Juan Gonzalez signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday and will receive an invitation to major league spring training. The Cardinals announced the move on Twitter. Gonzalez, 25, made 31 appearances for OKC and pitched in the Futures Game in July. He went 2-1 with the Dodgers with a 2.18 ERA and 33 strikeouts. Over the summer, Gonzalez talked about his improved slider that went along with his plus fastball. You can read that story here. Truelbluela.com has compiled a list of the organization's minor league free agents. Check that out here.

  • High school basketball: Coach who allegedly ordered players to injure opponent takes leave of absence

    By Jacob Unruh, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Cache girls basketball coach Kenny White recently took a leave of absence while he is under investigation for allegedly designing an inbounds play to slam a basketball into an opponent's face with the intent to injure her last season. On Feb. 10, Elgin's Jentry Holt was struck in the face by an inbounds pass late in the game. Her father Gary believes after his own investigation that White orchestrated the incident ahead of the game, that the punishment levied from Cache Public Schools is not enough and that the coach led a cover-up of the incident. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association requested another investigation by Cache into the incident on Oct. 22. Cache found no wrongdoing the first two investigations,

  • OSSAA changes prayer policy to allow moment of silence

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors has approved a change to its controversial prayer policy that allows a moment of silence before postseason events.

  • Signing Day notebook: Edmond Memorial's Kristian Doolittle signs with OU

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    Doolittle, a 6-foot-7 swingman, has been verbally committed to OU for nearly a year. He was a double-double machine last season for the Bulldogs, helping them to the Class 6A state semifinals.

  • High school notebook: Mustang-Broken Arrow rivalry brewing?

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Updated: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    The link to a story by the Broken Arrow Ledger began to circulate among Mustang players on social media Wednesday, mostly because of a quote from a Broken Arrow player suggesting last year’s win by Mustang was a fluke.

  • The Oklahoman's winter media day set for Nov. 18

    Jacob Unruh,scott wright | Updated: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    The Oklahoman’s annual Winter Sports Media Day is set for Wednesday, Nov. 18 at Bishop McGuinness High School. The event will be held in the lobby of the gymnasium, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. The school is located at 801 Northwest 50th Street in Oklahoma City. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in basketball, wrestling and swimming is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season.

Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 08:36:14 PM CST Wife and I were just talking about that! Not a good look. https://t.co/NZPPxsH50e
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 07:55:02 PM CST RT @sarahcphipps: Going to hospital. Got knocked over by another camera guy and broke my leg on monopod. I'm okay
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 07:46:51 PM CST Oh man. Thoughts with her. https://t.co/5Q0pd2T4NG
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 03:07:30 PM CST Former OKC RedHawk and @ash_rk's favorite player. https://t.co/jTuTkvSt2R
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 02:32:35 PM CST OSSAA announces Class 5A championship site among other neutral sites https://t.co/M9dawX7W2q #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 02:16:52 PM CST @garrettmj97 It's crazy. I'll be rooting for Penn State this afternoon.
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 02:13:18 PM CST @garrettmj97 This just shows how dominant they could have been all season. So disappointing.
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 02:12:52 PM CST @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 Sat, Nov. 28 2015 02:11:28 PM CST @garrettmj97 That would be the one!
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 02:07:49 PM CST Class A semifinal between Cashion and Ringling is 7 p.m. Friday at Noble. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 02:02:44 PM CST @cowboywinders and in Class 5A and 6A, odd-numbered year means OSSAA picks site on west side of state in OKC area.
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 02:00:58 PM CST @cowboywinders @MikeBoogie74 Just checked the OSSAA football manual. Says nothing about equal distance. Only says semifinals at neutral site
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 01:58:46 PM CST Class B state championship between Davenport and Keota is 7 p.m. Friday at Muskogee. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 01:57:41 PM CST Class 2A semifinal between Haskell and Prague is 7 p.m. Friday at Beggs. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 01:57:04 PM CST Class 4A state championship between Wagoner and Oologah is 7 p.m. Friday at Owasso High School. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 01:56:25 PM CST Class 5A state championship game scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Yukon. Collinsville awaits winner of Altus-McGuinness. #OKPreps
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 01:49:39 PM CST Where has this Ohio State team been?!
Jacob Unruh Sat, Nov. 28 2015 01:47:59 PM CST @MikeBoogie74 where would halfway be that can host?