The Youngstown Steel coaches and fans alike saw exactly why they signed Nelson Spruce to the roster this season.

After putting up the first points on the board with a field goal with 7:25 in the 1st quarter, the defense sunk into a deep rut and couldn’t get out, with no help from the offense either. Chicago scored three straight touchdowns and added a field goal to go on a 24-0 run at halftime.

Youngstown finally woke up in the 2nd half, outscoring Chicago by 6 points. Daniel Martinez struck two more times while Christian Hackenberg found Jimmy Ralph from 3 yards out and Dylan Hecker ran one in from 5 yards.

Unfortunately the Steel fell too far behind in the 1st half to ever have a chance at a comeback in this contest.

After a 190 yard receiving game, Spruce has high hopes to get called up to either the Boston Dragons or Columbus Explorers after the season ends. He leads the team in receiving yards and is also near the league top.

Jason Neill and Richard Johnson were the only bright spots on the defense as both finished with a sack. Niell added a forced fumble.

On Special Teams, Ryan Anderson, put the Steel in good field position with a 47.0 average and 2 inside the 20.

The Youngstown Steel are back at home in Week 6 battling the Tallahassee Warriors in the Ice Castle.