St. Johnsbury backup quarterback Jacob Cady hit tight end Brodie Talbot and came down with a 14-yard touchdown pass with 27 seconds remaining to lift the Hilltoppers to a 35-34 win over Champlain Valley Union in the Division I high school football semifinals on Saturday.
Cady, who replaced quarterback Collin Urie late in the first half, threw three second-half touchdowns and the Hilltoppers (8-2) rallied from a 12-point deficit.
Ethan Roberts’ extra point was the ultimate difference in the game.
CVU’s Braven Bose scored on a three-yard run at the end of the third quarter and on a seven-yard run with 10:14 left in the fourth quarter to give the Redhawks the 34-22 lead, but a 26-yard field goal attempt with 2:49 remaining that would have iced the game fell short.
Bose accounted for all five CVU touchdowns, finishing with 144 yards on 17 carries and four touchdowns. He added two catches for 20 yards and a TD.
Cady finished with four touchdowns. He rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown and completed eight of 11 passes for 171 yards.
Champlain Valley ends the season at 7-3, while St. Johnsbury will play top-ranked Hartford in the championship game on Saturday at Rutland High School.