Payne was last year's Division III Player of the Year.
The Falcons (20-1-1) are looking for their third national title in four seasons and ninth since 2000. Messiah will host the Sectional Tournament this week. The Falcons play Kenyon College, while Franklin & Marshall will play Rose-Hulman College. The winners will then face off for the right to advance to the Final Four.
Three freshmen from Mifflinburg are members of the first Lebanon Valley College football team to qualify for the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Dylan Yost, Kyle Failor and Anthony Caruso are all members of the Flying Dutchmen.
Former Bloomsburg University offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jim Monos is the head coach of the Flying Dutchmen. Monos left the Huskies in 2003 to return to Lebanon Valley.
Former Susquehanna University player Mark Costello is an assistant coach for Monos, serving as special teams coordinator and running backs coach.
Former Susquehanna University player and assistant coach Tommy Dempsey is in his second season as head coach at Binghamton University.
Dempsey took over a program from former Temple star Mark Macon after the Bearcats' lone NCAA Tournament season ended in NCAA sanctions and turmoil in 2009.
Binghamton has won just five games over the last two seasons -- Macon's last and Dempsey's first.
The Bearcats have started the season 1-2.
Dempsey played for coach Frank Marcinek at Susquehanna University and was a three-year letter winner, graduating in 1997. Dempsey was also an assistant coach under Marcinek for two seasons after graduating. Dempsey was an assistant coach at Rider University under retired Susquehanna University athletic director Don P. Harnum's son -- Don J. Dempsey later took over the Broncs program from the younger Harnum and posted a 119-105 at Rider in seven seasons.
Another former Susquehanna assistant coach is on Dempsey's staff at Binghamton, Bryan Goodwin, who also coached at Bucknell under Pat Flannery.
n Compiled by sports correspondent Todd Hummel.