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Today in Texas History – December 13

From the Annals of Higher Education – In 1930, J. Frank Norris, Baptist pastor and editor of The Fundamentalist, denounced Professor Joseph Leo Duflot of West Texas State Teachers College (now West Texas A&M University) at a rally in the courthouse square in Canyon.  Norris attacked  Duflot. the chairman of the sociology department, for teaching evolution and for his “modernist” philosophy. Duflot had already been dismissed by the First Presbyterian Church of Canyon in 1921 for attempting to reconcile evolution with the biblical account of creation and questioning the complete veracity of the Bible. Norris had invited Duflot to a debate on December 12.  Duflot cordially declined and instead played golf that day. At the rally Norris condemned Duflot as “an orangutang, God-denying, Bible-destroying, evolutionist professor” and called for him to be fired by the College.  In reaction, the board of regents conducted a hearing into the issue, but Duflot emerged unscathed and continued to teach until he retired in 1955.  Norris was a notorious scumbag who was charged with arson and murder (escaping conviction each time) and an ardent racist who supported the Ku Klux Klan – but all that is for another day.  The nine-iron is mightier than the demagogue.

Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

The 5-1 15th ranked  Texas A&M Commerce Lions travel to Canyon this week to take on the West Texas A&M Buffaloes.

The Lions are coming off a close 38-35 win over pesky Abilene Christian.  The Lions powerful offense is averaging just over 45 points a game including a 63-0 thrashing of the hapless Tarleton Texans two weeks ago.  Led by Junior running back Richard Cooper from Angleton, the Lions are averaging almost 250 yards per game on the ground.  Complimented by a balanced corps of receivers, Senior quarterback Harrison Stewart from Yucaipa, CA might just be getting noticed by some pro scouts as he is averaging over 250 yards and 3 touchdowns per game with only 2 picks on the season.

The 2-3 West Texas A&M Buffaloes have played a brutal schedule having faced four top 20 teams so far this season.  They come into this game having lost a close one at 12th ranked Midwestern State last week.  Feature back Geremy Aldridge-Mitchell from Dallas simply knows how to find the end zone having scored all 9 of the Buffaloes rushing touchdowns this season.  His production is down a bit from his outstanding 2014 season when he was ranked 4th nationally in all-purpose yards at 203.73 per game, 9th nationally in kick returns at 29.9 yards per return, 4th in rushing touchdowns with 21,  and 19th in rushing yards with 1,342.  As goes Geremy, so go the Buffaloes.

It’s hard to go against the high-flying Lions in this one, but expect the Buffaloes to go down hard with plenty of action on Saturday.  Red wishes he could be there.  A&M Commerce 54 West Texas A&M 45.

Photo of Kimbrough Stadium in Canyon from http://www.d2football.com.