ASHWAUBENON - Jake Wallenfang played in his final football game of his career last weekend and it was a game to forget.
The former Green Bay Preble running back, who was named FOX 11's Large Division player of the year last season, suffered a knee injury Saturday during the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association North-South Big School all-star game at Titan Stadium in Oshkosh. Wallenfang suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament and damaged meniscus in his left knee when he was hit on a play in which he wasn't carrying the football.
Wallenfang said he will have surgery early next week but wasn't sure how long he would be sidelined. Wallenfang gained 1,585 yards last season and scored 22 touchdowns for Preble after not having played running back before. He originally committed to play football and run track and field at Michigan Tech, but that changed.
Wallenfang will attend Wisconsin and participate on its track and field team. Wallenfang, FOX 11's boys track and field athlete of the year, set a state record in the pole vault at the Division 1 state meet with a height of 16 feet.
Furthermore, Wallenfang placed third in the 100- and second in the 200-meter dashes at state, respectively, and ran the anchor leg on the 400 relay team which set a state record with a time of 41.50 seconds.
Wallenfang said the injury shouldn't prevent him from competing this coming school year.
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