WESTERLY — Three Westerly High football players were named first-team All-State by the Providence Journal on Sunday.
Running back Tristan Turano, defensive lineman Josh Lacerte and offensive lineman Eric Whewell earned the honor.
Turano, who earned All-State honors for the second straight season, rushed for 1,854 yards this season, averaging 10.4 per carry. He scored 35 touchdowns and finished his career with 4,030 yards and 61 TDs. Turano did not start playing football in high school until his senior year.
Turano was also a finalist for Gatorade player of the year.
Lacerte started at defensive end and H-back for Westerly, and finished the season with 32 tackles, 16 of them for a loss. He also had 10 sacks and caused two fumbles.
Whewell, a two-year starter, emerged as a leader of the offensive line, which paved the way for a running game that averaged 393.3 yards per game.
Westerly finished the season with a 9-2 record, including a loss in the state semifinals to Woonsocket, 22-21. The Villan Novans went on to capture the Division II Super Bowl title with a convincing victory over East Greenwich.
— Keith Kimberlin