Spring finally sprung in Southeast Michigan this weekend, unfortunately for the D2 side, it came with a loss to the Chicago Lions 28-36. The Tradesmen raced out to a quick 14-0 lead to start the first half with an intercepted pass by Ish Bazzi, and then a maul off a lineout that was touched down by Joe Bargerstock. It stayed that way until the 22 minute mark when the Lions scored an unconverted try to cut the lead to 14-5. Eleven minutes later the Lions dotted down another converted try to make the game 14-12. The score remained there until half. Coming out of half the Lions picked up their pace of play, the Tradesmen did not. The Lions took advantage of a number of missed tackled, turnovers and penalties by the Tradesmen and scored 3 converted tries in the first 10 minutes of the half to take a 33-14 lead. It was after a yellow card and the Tradesmen were playing down a man that they finally started to play to their potential in the 2nd half. Derek Fraser cut the lead to 12 with 15 to play and with 9 to play after an Emosi Muledovo 40meter try the Tradesmen found themselves only down 5. The Tradesmen put pressure on and were within the Lions 22 on a couple of occasions, but couldn’t find the try line again. The Lions tacked on a penalty kick with 1 minute to play for the 36-28 win.