Preseason predictions are typically about as valuable as a cup of coffee — provided that you have the money to buy that coffee.

For example, the District 6-4A race was supposed to be all about a Week 8 showdown between Plaquemine (6-1, 1-0) and Lutcher (4-3, 1-1).

The seventh-ranked Green Devils do host the Bulldogs on Friday night. But the league race won’t be a done deal this week.

St. Michael the Archangel (7-0, 1-0) is the area’s lone unbeaten 5A-4A team and handed Lutcher a league loss in Week 6. The Warriors meet Tara (3-4, 1-1) at Olympia Stadium. Plaquemine and SMHS meet up in Week 9.

“It’s still a very big game, and they’re still Lutcher,” Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano said. “I’m glad we’re going to have them at home. They’ve had some injuries and so have we. We’ll expect them to be ready.”

The Lutcher-Plaquemine game helps highlight a Week 8 schedule that includes no Thursday games.

Lutcher lost three straight before beating Tara in Week 7. The Bulldogs got a boost with the return of quarterback Jontre Kirklin from an injury in Week 6. Some downplay the importance of district play. Lutcher coach Tim Detillier is not in that group.

“We don’t subscribe to that theory about district,” Detillier said. “District still means something or you wouldn’t buy patches or T-shirts when you win it.

“I said last year that Plaquemine was the most talented team in the district, and I think they are again this year. On offense, I think they’re better in some ways.”

The District 6-2A race also has taken a curious turn. Dunham beat eighth-ranked Episcopal (4-2, 0-2) in Week 7, highlighting new possibilities.

Unbeaten Northeast (6-0, 2-0) travels to Episcopal for a key Week 8 game. A possible showdown with rival East Feliciana (4-2, 3-0) looms in Week 9, but Northeast coach David Masterson said his Vikings also can’t afford to look ahead.

“Episcopal is a talented, sound football team,” Masterson said. “The (Spencer) Kleinpeter kid they have is a special athlete. We’re a little beat up right now and have a a couple of guys out. We’re going to have to be ready to play our best game.”

The 5A frenzy

After two weeks of District 5-5A play, fifth-ranked Catholic High (6-1, 2-0) is the lone unbeaten team. The Bears travel to McKinley (4-3, 1-1). St. Amant (3-4, 0-2) is the only winless team.

Want a number to remember? The Ascension Parish trio of Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant lost Week 7 games by a total of 14 points.

Ninth-ranked Zachary (6-1, 3-0) and Denham Springs (5-2, 4-0) are the lone unbeatens in 4-5A.

Other notables

In District 7-3A, top-ranked University (7-0, 4-0) sits in the driver’s seat and hosts Denham Springs for a nondistrict game. Port Allen (5-2, 3-1) travels to Parkview Baptist (5-2, 3-1) for a key game.

Ascension Catholic (6-1, 2-0) travels to No. 7 West St. John (5-2, 2-0) for an 8-1A showdown.