SAMOHI — With the opening of training camp a day away, it looks like the battle to be the Vikings’ starting quarterback is on.

With the graduation of last year’s starter, Garrett Safron, Santa Monica High School Head Coach Travis Clark has been busy all spring and summer figuring out who will lead the team on offense when the season begins in September.

He has narrowed down his choices to senior Brock Miller and junior Christian Salem, a pair of players who have little experience behind center.

“At this point, it’s up in the air,” Clark said. “We are going to have a fierce QB battle.”

While the spot remains open, Clark did say that Miller has a slight edge, but isn’t ready to name him the starter.

Clark said that he likes Miller’s ability to lead his teammates and his aggressive nature, calling him a linebacker playing quarterback. Salem, who was Safron’s primary backup last season, is more of a cerebral player that does the little things to get the job done, Clark added.

With the team gathering Thursday for the official start of camp, Clark said that he wants to see a good showing from each player before he makes up his mind.

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