When Bengals punter Kevin Huber won a game as a McNicholas Rocket, he and his teammates would have gathered on the steps of the McNicholas High School convent building and counted out the score with a “Boom Chicka Boom” cheer.
This tradition was born in the 1950s when the founders of McNicholas, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, lived in the convent. Because of their religious commitment, they weren’t permitted to go to the football games, but they cared deeply about their boys and wanted hear the results of the game before it was reported in the newspaper the next morning. So, the players would come back to the school and count out the score of the game on the steps of the convent.
To this day, after every victory, the players and coaches pray at the grotto and then race up the convent steps to count the score and chant their battle cry. They are joined by cheerleaders, students, and fans who celebrate with them.
As Huber heads to the Super Bowl, the McNicholas football team and student body cheered a “Boom Chicka Boom” in his honor.
McNicholas Alumni Director, former Rocket football player, and member of the Rocket football coaching staff, Steve Rice, said, “Kevin, we hope this 'Boom Chicka Boom' resonates all the way from Beechmont Avenue to Los Angeles. The Launch Pad and our entire community are rooting for you! Who Dey!”