ANNAPOLIS – Wake Forest offensive lineman Justin Herron celebrated with his teammates following last week’s 34-26 victory over Temple in the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The win over the Owls marked the Wake Forest football team’s first bowl win since 2008 and capped a week-long visit to the area for the North Carolina-based Atlantic Coast Conference program.
Wake Forest players and supporters stormed the field after the game and hoisted the championship trophy in the air.
Herron, a former All-Sentinel standout at Bullis, said he was happy to help Wake Forest deliver a win in front of his friends and family.
“It’s really nice,” said Herron, a Silver Spring native. “This is probably the greatest gift I can give.”
The redshirt sophomore left tackle has emerged as a rising star in the Atlantic Coast Conference and helped solidify a Wake Forest offensive line that paved the way for Demon Deacon running backs Cade Carney and Matt Colburn.
“We were the worst rushing team in the country two years ago and we’ve more than tripled our production and you have to have a good left tackle,” said Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson.
During his high school career, Herron was a three-time All-Interstate Athletic Conference selection and earned MVP honors at the Maryland Crab Bowl where he helped lead the Washington team to a 30-21 win over Baltimore.
At Bullis, Herron was mentored by Bulldogs’ head coach Pat Cilento and assistant Ray Butler who have supported him since his high school days at the Potomac private school and continue to support him to this day.
“I can’t thank them enough,” said Herron. “Without them I wouldn’t be here.”