From the '08-'09 to '10-'11 seasons Murphy won the SMC in football, basketball and baseball 3 years in a row, something that hasn't been accomplished in that conference before or since. Unfortunately for Bulldog players and fans none of those Murphy teams have a state title to show for it. Several of the aforementioned teams were good enough to win a state title, but I suppose sometimes that's the way the cookie crumbles.
I would consider the '10 and '11 Murphy baseball teams the best they've ever had, the '10 Murphy baseball team was the best in 1A that year and probably the best SMC baseball team ever fielded, they beat the 4A state runner up that year and were undefeated during the regular season, lost a fluke game in the playoffs due to a dominant pitching performance from their opponent West Wilkes in a one game scenario, no doubt in my mind they cruise to a state title otherwise. The '11 Murphy baseball team was probably less talented but made it to regional finals, only to blow a series lead against South Stanly, where they were a few outs away from the state title game.
The '08-'09 and '09-'10 Murphy basketball teams would both be in the top 5 all time at Murphy, the '08-'09 team if not the best team in 1A that year, were definitely in the conversation. That team was undone by poor coaching in a sectional final loss to Hendersonville and would've probably been the favorite at regionals if not choking away that late game lead against the Bearcats with their best player glued to the bench. The '09-'10 team was perhaps the better of those two teams on paper, but had to contend with a juggernaut North Rowan squad at regionals that deservedly won.
The '10 Murphy football team was excellent, after going small 1A for the first time had the misfortune to meet the best team in either small or big 1A that year in Wallace Rose Hill in the state finals. Murphy had a comfortable lead at halftime but the rain came down in the 2nd half killing their passing game and allowing WRH back in it and eventually winning it on an amazing field goal. The '08 Murphy football team had an undefeated regular season but were less talented overall the the '10 team imo, they ran roughshod over their competition during the regular season but probably peaked a little too soon and were ultimately undone by an excellent performance from Hendersonville in the playoffs.