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San Gabriel’s Fernandez Going to St. Mary’s

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San Gabriel’s Isai Fernandez, who played wide receiver, defensive back, and held on kicks for the Matadors, is going to St. Mary’s to continue his education and play football.

“I feel really blessed,” said Fernandez as he signed his letter on Friday afternoon.

A three year member of the SG varsity and a key member of the team’s 2011 finals run, Fernandez plans on studying kinesiology.

“It was a lot of hard work and I know its cliche but you always get the people who say that you can’t or your too small but I made it. I want to say thanks for pushing me.”

Fernandez credited his family who are good with him attending a school out in Leavenworth, Kansas. Cold winters, far away, unfamiliar faces, he answered the question of homesickness.

“I know its going to happen,” he said. “But I’m getting mentally prepared for that. With God I will be able to do it.”

Fernandez describes the entire playoff run of 2011 when the Matadors defeated Maranatha, Arroyo, and San Dimas as his best memory on the field. When pressed for a personal memory he described a 19-yard tip toe reception along the sidelines against Schurr from that same season.

“You always dream about making a sideline catch, where you get your feet down,” he said. “Our quarterback Andy Guerrero threw it and I caught it.”

Fernandez reports for football at St. Mary’s on August 15th.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
San Gabriel’s Fernandez Going to St. Mary’s