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Mon. August 31, 2009 | Times Staff

The battle for Wharton's starting quarterback job officially has stretched into the regular season.

Whartonhelmet Wildcats offensive coordinator Craig Rainey said Monday a review of Friday night's 15-13 preseason win against Bloomingdale offered no sign of a clear frontrunner among juniors Tanner Stocker and Ryan Hatter and senior Deandre Mills.

"They are making this hard on us," Rainey said.

All three played against the Bulls, with coaches trying to give them an equal number of snaps, Rainey said. Hatter had the lone touchdown pass, a 27-yarder to Xavier Fisher.

"To be honest with you, we discussed it a little on Saturday and truthfully, we don't have an answer yet," Rainey said. "They all three bring something different to the game."

Wharton opens the regular season Friday against Spoto, which has a unique quarterback situation of its own: Spartans seniors Jamar Burns and James Brown are brothers. 

JOEY KNIGHT

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