Gwaltney: One More Mountain To Climb

North Babylon, N.Y., running back Jason Gwaltney has one game left in his storied high school career before he resumes making college visits. Click here for more on this outstanding talent.

North Babylon, N.Y., running back Jason Gwaltney was interested in how Ohio State was doing last Saturday against Michigan. It's just that he was busy and didn't have a chance to watch the game.

"No, I couldn't watch it," he said. "I had a game."

Did he ever!

The 6-0, 235-pound Gwaltney rushed for 268 yards on 54 carries and scored three touchdowns as North Babylon came back for a thrilling 23-22 victory over top-seeded West Babylon in a Suffolk Division II final before about 5,000 at Stony Brook University's LaValle Stadium.

Gwaltney added two two-point conversions and broke his Long Island record for rushing yards in a season. He has a total of 2,645 yards and 40 touchdowns in 10 games. His 54 carries tied the Long Island record for rushing attempts in a game.

How good was Gwaltney's performance? Several West Babylon fans, stunned over their team's defeat, had to be escorted from the stadium for taunting Gwaltney following the game.

With one game left in his storied career, Gwaltney now has 7,757 yards and 130 touchdowns. But he has his sights set on more than just personal achievement. His North Babylon team, now 9-1, will meet Garden City for the Class II Long Island title at noon Saturday at LaValle Stadium. This will be Gwaltney's first Long Island title game.

"This was my personal goal, my quest," said Gwaltney, who also had eight tackles and a sack on defense. "The records are great but the only thing that mattered to me as a senior was getting a shot at a Long Island championship."

Gwaltney made his visit to OSU Oct. 31. After his season ends, he has trips set to Central Florida Dec. 3, Michigan Dec. 10, USC Dec. 17 and West Virginia Jan. 6. He previously issued a verbal commitment to WVU, but is intent on making some visits.

"I have been talking to (OSU assistant Darrell) Hazell as well as Coach Tressel," Gwaltney said. "I am going to take all of my visits before I announce my choice Jan. 15 at the All-American Bowl (in San Antonio)."

Gwaltney is ranked as the nation's No. 13 running back, No. 100 prospect overall and New York's fourth-best prospect overall by

Gwaltney is strong, bench pressing 390 pounds, squats 415 and has a 33-inch vertical jump. He carries a 2.7 GPA and has scored a 860 SAT.

"I'm strong and I have great lateral quickness," Gwaltney said. "I have good vision for a big back. I'm a power runner and will run you over. I want to read the LB better and work on my pass protection. I need to improve my leg strength and have better explosion."

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