Student chant at Colerain-St. X football game gains national attention

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A local football game that took place five days ago is still under the bright lights. It is gaining national attention for what happened after the game and off the field.

Last Friday, two of the top teams in the region went head to head. St. Xavier High School played Colerain Senior High School. During the game, some Colerain students yelled "We've got girls". The phrase references the fact St. Xavier is an all boys school.

St. Xavier won the game, and after it, we're told the crowd taunted Colerain by yelling "We've got Jesus." That comment reportedly angered Tom Bolden, Colerain's head football coach.

A video posted on youtube shows an interview with Coach Bolden after the game. In it, he says, "It was a great game, but what has {the chant} to do with..." said Bolden. "We have chapel. I'm going to be honest with you. I'm a little upset about that. I think they should be embarrassed of themselves."

On Wednesday, some parents agreed with him.

Voiselle Flowers has three children who all graduated from the Northwest Local School District, the district that includes Colerain High School.

"To me, in a sense, what they're saying is that your side doesn't count," said Flowers. "Jesus is on our side, not yours, and that's the wrong message that you'll send to anyone."

On the other side, some parents said it's just a game and the chants are just a part of it.

"I don't think it's a big deal. I think people are making a real big deal of it for no real reason," said Lisa Bruewer."

Her son Joe Bruewer agreed.

"Just high school students," said Joe Bruewer. "Trying to pick on each other because they don't have much else to say. It's not very clever. I don't think anyway."

FOX19 spoke with Colerain's Athletic Director Dan Bolden. He said the two teams have worked out their issues and are moving on. Mark Motz, a spokesperson for St. Xavier High School, said their president did send students an email this week saying the chants were not proper game etiquette.

"Our President, Father Tim Howe, reached out to Tom Bolden over at Colerain," said Motz. "I know the coaches are really good friends, and they've been in contact, and said this is really behind them. It's a non-issue. It's not a story. Let's play football."

And while Christians and Atheists may not agree on matters of faith, looks like football is another ball game.

"Actually, it's an interesting little comparison, isn't it?" said Edwin Kagin, National Legal Director for American Atheists. "They have no girls at St. X, is that right? I find it more amusing. I certainly wouldn't get upset about it. There are far too many more things to get upset about."

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