This is the football stadium at Oklahoma Panhandle State.
Former VC wide receiver adjusting to new home at Oklahoma Panhandle State
Devren Constantine could have hung up his football cleats after high school and begin a new chapter in his life. Instead, he decided to continue chasing his dream of playing football on the college level.
Today, Constantine is making his dream a reality.
The former Vermilion Catholic wide receiver, who graduated last year, signed a football scholarship to a small Division II college called Oklahoma Panhandle State, located in the town of Goodwell, Ok.
Goodwell’s population is 1,300 people while the enrollment on the four-year college is 1,700.
Constantine signed the scholarship late in 2016, and he enrolled in the college this semester. He has been living on the Oklahoma panhandle for the last three weeks.
Moving from Cajun Country to the panhandle, where rodeo is king, has been an adjustment for Constantine.
“So far, so good,” said Constantine about his new home. “It’s dead, but I have no regrets about coming here. The people have been nice.”
One thing he is having a hard time adjusting to is the food. He has not eaten a plate of rice and gravy in three weeks.
He’s eaten more western, Mexican type of food.
“That has been the hardest part,” he said about his new home. “The food is different. There are no fast food places because the town is small.”
Panhandle State has all the sports from football, basketball, softball, baseball, golf and rodeo.
He is one of 20-plus high school athletes who signed. He is also one of three Louisiana players who signed.
On the roster already is a freshman player from Patterson High School.
Last year’s club posted a 2-9 record. They lost to Sam Houston State 59-21 and beat Arkansas Pine Bluff (20-16).
The school plays in the Lone Star Conference made up of 10 teams.
The football stadium on Panhandle State campus is probably the size of St. Thomas More’s stadium.
Constantine said he did not care about the stadium is because he is happy just knowing that he is playing at the next level.
The day he is looking forward to is March 9. That’s spring break and it is also the day he is flying home. He also knows the first thing he is going to do when he arrives in south Louisiana.
“Eat rice,” he said.