High school football districts can be a little like Forest Gump’s sampler box of chocolates: each one different from the other.

District 6-4A is one of the area’s most diverse districts. The seven–team league opens district play in Week 4, helping highlight a busy schedule.

“Everybody talks about Lutcher, and for good reason,” St. Michael the Archangel coach Eric Held said. “They’ve won three state titles in 3A in the last 10 years and had other deep runs in the playoffs.

“Lutcher has the kind of program every other program aspires to be. But you have some other teams that I think can surprise people. I know there’s a tendency to say ‘It’s 4A in Baton Rouge and they’re not very good.’ I’ll say we’re better than you think.”

Held’s St. Michael squad (3-0) has won its first three games for the first time since 1989. The Warriors, who have never had a 4-0 start, play Istrouma (0-3) in their 6-4A opener Friday at Louisiana Leadership’s Doug Williams Stadium.

Fourth-ranked Lutcher (2-1), winner of two straight, hosts Tara (1-2) in its 6-4A opener. Broadmoor (2-1) meets Belaire (0-3) at Olympia Stadium to complete the 6-4A schedule. Plaquemine (1-2) travels to Assumption (3-0) for a nondistrict game.

The 6-4A schedule tops the local action in Class 5A-4A in Week 4. Second-ranked Dutchtown (3-0) and East Ascension (3-0) are 5A unbeatens hosting unbeaten nondistrict foes. Dutchtown, of 5-5A, hosts 4-5A Zachary (3-0), while EAHS hosts Mandeville (3-0).

“It’s been a long time since we started district this early, and I’m excited about it,” Lutcher coach Tim Detillier said. “I like being in a big district, and I like the district we’re in. I agree, I think the teams are better than people think.”

Week 4 action begins Thursday with two games. Class 2A Capitol (0-3) meets 1A Southern Lab (3-0) at Southern University’s A.W. Mumford Stadium. Most games start at 7 p.m. Episcopal provided one of two exceptions to that rule.

The ninth-ranked Knights (3-0), of 2A, host Christian Life (2-1), a much-improved 1A team, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. There’s also a Saturday game. Class 5A Denham Springs (3-0) travels to Metairie to play Archbishop Rummel (1-0) at 2 p.m. at Joe Yenni Stadium.

“Our scrimmage and our jamboree were also on the road, so we spent the first five weeks on the road,” Episcopal coach Travis Bourgeois said. “It’s good to have a home game, and I think with it being Thursday night you’ll have a nice atmosphere.

“Christian Life is going to be a good test for us. They have the kind of athletic ability we’ll face in our district.”

The area’s other ranked teams in Classes 3A and 2A also face nondistrict foes from different classifications. Third-ranked East Feliciana (2-1), of Class 3A, travels to Monroe to play Richwood (2-1). No. 7 Parkview Baptist (1-2), also of 3A, plays its third Class 5A opponent, traveling to East St. John (1-2). Third-ranked University (3-0), of 2A, hosts 3A Loyola Prep-Shreveport (2-1).

One small schools district, 6-1A, also begins league play. Games include Catholic-Pointe Coupee (0-3) at Opelousas Catholic (1-2), No. 8 Westminster Christian (3-0) at False River Academy (2-1), and St. Edmund (2-1) at Pointe Coupee Central (3-0).

Unbeaten East Iberville (3-0), one of the area’s surprise teams, hosts St. Helena Central (1-2) in 1A action.

It’s all relative

Class 5A McKinley (2-1) is coming off its first loss. The Panthers host 1A West St. John (2-1), a team coached by former MHS coach Robert Valdez.

Though Catholic High (0-3) is winless going into its game with Central (1-2) at Memorial Stadium on Friday, some of coach Dale Weiner’s former players are doing well.

The list of former Bears with unbeaten records includes Weiner’s son, Neil, at Zachary, University’s Chad Mahaffey, Port Allen’s Guy Blanchard and Livonia’s David Brewerton.

Baton Rouge native Dennis Lorio is an assistant on the East St. John staff. Lorio, who was a head football coach at Thibodaux, Plaquemine, Tara and University High, also was an assistant at Parkview, the team ESJ plays this week.